In the ever-fast evolving manufacturing business environment, it’s imperative to maintain competitive. To do so, a firm must constantly adapt and innovate their practices to keep up with industry changes and consumer choice changes. Companies need to have tools that go beyond simple equipment. For example, investing in consistent and preemptive maintenance. Making regular maintenance part of your “toolbox” will save you money and headaches in the long run. Downtime due to equipment malfunction will drive any operations manager crazy but even more so when that hiccup could have been prevented.
Adopting new technologies will help you to stay ahead of the curve and allow you to do things like collect and analyze historical failure data, which forecasts when a failure is likely to happen. This type of forward thinking with the help of new technologies is the future. But new technology brings a host of changes and challenges that manufacturers must recognize. For example, increasing dependence on automation leads to the need for more skilled workers who understand these advanced systems. Integrated manufacturing systems today require a multitude of highly specialized capabilities. An emphasis on training equips your staff with the skills these systems require. If workers cannot adapt, organizations may find themselves struggling to stay competitive with the rest of the industry.
For more tactics you can learn and keep in your “toolbox” to increase productivity and decrease downtime, continue reading the graphic below.