Four Ways to Improve Manufacturing Efficiency
Any company that earns goodwill due to its quality and timely delivery of goods knows the importance of having a flawless manufacturing process; ultimately, the quality of goods invariably depends on it.
Manufacturers, irrespective of their industries, must always look to improve the manufacturing efficiency. We have listed 4 main ways to successfully enhance the efficiency of your manufacturing process.
1. Invest in the right technology
Investing in the latest, relevant technologies will scale up the manufacturing process. For instance, if a fabric manufacturer employs a labourer to check for knots on a piece of fabric before it is moved to the next part of the production, the quality of the manufacturing process may be compromised if some knots remain unnoticed by the labour. If the same task is performed by robust technology, all the knots will be detected within a short span and the overall manufacturing efficiency will improve significantly.
2. Reduce product cycle time
To keep up with the demand, manufacturers must ensure that good quality product are delivered to the market at the right time. This solely depends on how efficient the manufacturing process is. Manufacturers must plan and strategize the workflows to deliver the maximum output within a short product cycle time. Here’s an example: A steel manufacturer is aware that manual inspection of steel pipes is a time-consuming and inefficient process. They must consider replacing manual inspection with a better vision system to speed up the process; this shortens the product cycle time and improves production capacity without impacting the efficiency of the process.
3. Automate complex manufacturing process
Employee ‘A’ has skills that can be utilized to improve the efficiency of process ‘A’; however, if ‘A’ is employed to work on process ‘B’, which may be complex, hazardous, and laborious. In this case, the efficiency of both the manufacturing processes ‘A’ and ‘B’ will be affected. Manufacturers must consider using apt technologies to automate the complex manufacturing process for better efficiency. The employees may be engaged in projects where they can use their skills optimally.
4. Track data frequently
Improving manufacturing efficiency is certainly not a one-time job. It is a continuous process. The only way to constantly upgrade your manufacturing process is to keep a tab on the data, the errors, costs incurred, improved rate of efficiency, etc. By tracking data frequently, the manufacturer will know the exact glitches in the process and will be able to take corrective measures at the right time.
As we mention the ways to improve the manufacturing process, we know it is impossible to incorporate them manually, which is why we emphasize leveraging relevant technologies to upgrade the process.
In this digital age, it is imperative to use technologies designed for industrial applications. However, manufacturers often ponder over what technology best suits their industry. We believe Artificial Intelligence (AI) is just the right technology for every manufacturing industry.
AI for Manufacturing Industries
AI is a disruptive technology. It has essential capabilities to enhance manufacturing by leaps and bounds. AI will effortlessly capture microscopic defects on the surface for quality assurance, reduce product cycle time with action detection and predictive analytics, improve employee productivity and safety by automating complex and hazardous manufacturing processes, and provide real-time data tracking.
Read our blog on AI in manufacturing to know more about its industrial application.