Using Business Process Improvement for manufacturing
Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement (BPI) share similar goals. Manufacturing companies know that repeatability is a key component to their organization. BPI provides a way to measure the effectiveness and repeatability of processes. To understand how BPI can help your company in the manufacturing industry, we must learn a little bit about BPI.
The Principles of BPI
Process: What does your company need to be successful? Do you need to upgrade equipment, reduce staff budgets or IT budgets? BPI focuses on evaluating your costs and becoming goal oriented.
Customers: Having good customer satisfaction is what most companies strive for. Looking for the best possible way to do this is where it gets tricky. Looking at new technology is always a good option.
Cost vs. Benefit: Any company using BPI must look at their costs to see if they outweigh the benefits. A set of standards or benchmarks, are put in place to measure the process. However, keep in mind that they must be realistic!
The Process Owners: Who is in charge of the performance and changes in the process? You must determine who will be responsible for success or failure. Having a flow chart is always a plus. This way people can look and see what their role is and how they can help the process move on faster.
Control: During meetings the process owners should evaluate f the process is meeting the current benchmarks. If it is not, you should restructure them to meet realistic goals.
Other Processes: Have a standardized system in place; don't make it up as you go along. This will save you time, effort, hours and money.
Changes: The best time to start is NOW! Most of the time companies wait for an ideal time, there never is. Once you have made up your mind, begin.
Don't Waste Time: If you aren't going to use certain measures, throw them out. When you re-hash something too much, it won't improve the process at all.
Implementing BPI in your Manufacturing Firm
- Start with a small process that can be completed in a short time frame.
BPI and Manufacturing Working Together