How to Combat Production InefficienciesBy: Kelly Buck
Time, effort, and money is wasted every day by companies looking to improve their production. Where do managers need to look for quality improvements in production lines? What kinds of data is needed to make educated decisions about your production? The best starting places for production managers to focus on is yield loss, or how much raw material is being lost in production processes. Only then can overall production system performance be addressed and improved.
If an area of production produces a great deal of waste, capturing the weight of yield loss is an ideal place to start collecting data. Once how much raw material being lost is known, the highest areas of waste can be prioritized. With weight data from raw material use, production managers can make data-driven decisions about what lines should be upgraded first, what operators are more efficient in which workstations, where more efficient tooling can be invested, and where to invest in upgraded systems.
Once the high-loss areas of production are known, overall production system performance can be addressed. Can scales be integrated before production steps to ensure the correct amount of raw material is being received? Can bench scales or weigh modules be installed under our conveyors to weigh product at each step? Are existing scales calibrated regularly to give the most accurate readings?
Weight data collection is the most advanced way to combat production inefficiencies. By analyzing yield loss first, you can avoid misguided improvement efforts and learn how to allocate time, resources, and money to areas of highest return on investment.
Put simply, Weigh Better.