It is always good for a business to be efficient whether it is a J-nuts manufacturing company or one that is service oriented. Efficient processes provides several different benefits all the time as compared to “business as usual”.
In a wider context, manufacturing is efficient in reducing costs, improving output as well as minimizing impact on the environment. All these advantages contribute to the other advantages along the way such as more sales, better quality and enhanced company image.
Here are 5 things to consider to make J-nuts manufacturing more efficient.
1. Never Waste Material
The term waste can be associated with energy, man-hours, materials or space. Material waste is among the largest, most expensive kinds of waste. There are some ways to minimize it such as the following:
Focus on design.
Using less material right from the start is an effective way to minimize material waste. Design for manufacturability (DFM) and value engineering are methodologies for designing parts that can greatly improve output.
Recycle scrap materials and factory returns.
Companies can either use the recycled materials or sell them to an interested party to profit from waste.
Optimize processes to make use of available material.
They should think of ways to make best use of that sheet metal before turning it into scrap. Instead of discarding those tool tips, they may still be sharpened and used. All scraps of discarded material can improve the efficiency of processes.
Closely observe the shipping department. Though shipping materials are less expensive than other manufacturing inputs, their costs are still a contributory factor.
2. Improve Training
Nothing can replace actual, hands-on training. It is best for a company to train employees on multiple processes. In this way, they can help out in any kind of troubleshooting, substitute for another employee and serve as a reliever during repetitive tasks. In addition, if all factory employees are familiar with the entire process from beginning to end, they can understand the roles of each person involved in the process.
3. Quantify All Aspects
It is easy to give a point or dollar value to all aspects of the J-nuts manufacturing process. Though companies are aware of material costs they should also consider man-hours, wear and tear of equipment and planned disuse so production can further be quantified. Assigning figures to all aspects of manufacturing will make it easier to look into the aspects that need to be attended to immediately..
4. Organize Everything
Being organized is the way to a more efficient workspace. Company should take a look around the factory and make sure that hand tools are easy to find. There should be no waste products in it. There should be a cabinet for materials, tools, parts and instructions and all employees should know where this is located.
5. Standardize Tasks
People have their own way of approaching things but in the field of J-nuts manufacturing, there is no room for individuality. All tasks form simple to complicated should be standardised for maximum efficiency.
As a start, they should prepare a checklist to be placed in every workspace. They should see to it that all employees follow the checklist in the workspace where they are assigned. This can minimize downtime and improve overall quality of products.