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5 Tips to Running a "Well-Oiled" Production Line

02/04/2016

An efficiently run production line is typically a profitable production line. Powering down your plant’s equipment to make major repairs or minor adjustments will delay your production and can cut into your profits. Here are five tips to keep your production line operating at maximum efficiency.

  1. Schedule preventive maintenance. A little prevention can go a long way toward warding off bigger problems later. Many companies schedule equipment checkups on a regular basis. Scheduling reminders for maintenance can help your staff remember when checkups are due.

  2. Stick to a schedule. A production line that isn’t in sync is a production line that’s less than efficient. Timing and coordinating steps in the process ensures efficiency by minimizing downtime and removing redundancies.

  3. Buy up-to-date software. Software likely plays a large part in maintaining your plant’s efficiency, so make sure the programs you’re using are up to date and easy to use. Intuitive, reliable software can boost productivity and lower labor costs by helping to streamline your process.

  4. Promote communication between engineering and manufacturing. Fostering communication between the workers who deal with your equipment every day and the men and women who keep things running smoothly is another way to ward off big issues with production. Encourage your engineers to participate in the manufacturing process by spending time among line workers and leads. That way, they can hear feedback and comments that can help them uncover issues faster.

  5. Keep your equipment happy. Keep track of the way your equipment operates from the time it’s installed. Be sure that the machines on your production line are getting the right amount of electricity and water. If the electrical or water supply changes at your facility, follow up to ensure that it doesn’t affect your equipment’s performance and life span.