Having a resourceful outlook enables manufacturers to go beyond their production goals.
Manufacturing demands constant attention to prevent the accumulation of wasted time, money, and materials.
The resources we’ve compiled will help you to get your production line back on track. Read below to learn how to enhance your manufacturing process.
6 Resources That Will Enhance Your Manufacturing Process
1. Data from your production line
Data is the best resource because it provides manufacturers with an inside look at their production line.
Using a computer system such as a human-machine interface (HMI) or a programmable logic controller (PLC), you can gather data from your manufacturing systems. This data is valuable because it allows you to tweak and enhance your production processes for greater productivity and efficiency.
If you aren’t already, start holding regular meetings to go over data and implement action items to improve the functionality of your equipment.
2. Lean manufacturing
Trimming and adjusting manufacturing processes is an excellent way to increase efficiency, minimize downtime, and reduce lead time. This is known as lean manufacturing, and there are several specific methods used by manufacturers around the world to improve their processes.
There are plenty of resources online that will thoroughly explain the different types of lean manufacturing, such as the 5S System, Just in Time (JIT), and Kaizen. These methods will help you to reduce waste and overproduction while cutting down on waiting time and utilizing staff talent.
Check out Reliable Plant, a publication that reports on topics like lockout-tagout, business management, and predictive maintenance in manufacturing. They have a comprehensive article on lean manufacturing that will steer you in the right direction to “get lean” in your facility.
Also, be sure to read our featured article in Robotics and Automation News about practicing sustainable manufacturing through lean methodology!
3. Reconditioning service
Another excellent resource to upgrade your manufacturing process is through a reconditioning service.
Reconditioning your equipment will not only extend the life of your equipment, thereby saving you money down the line, but it will also improve the functionality of your equipment as it works during production time.
iGAM offers three tiers of reconditioning services: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. You can pick the service you want, from a basic cleaning and degreasing to a full-out de-dressing of old parts and a new paint job.
Visit our Reconditioning Services page to learn more.
4. Inventory management
A special balance needs to be maintained when it comes to inventory management. If you don’t have enough materials and equipment, you won’t be able to produce effectively. Similarly, if you have too many materials and equipment, your warehouse will be cluttered and productivity will drop.
Use inventory management resources to perfect that balance and keep production at peak performance. Our sister company, NRTC Automation, can store industrial tools, fixtures, and equipment in their spacious warehouses located across North America. You can rest assured that your equipment will be well-cared for and you’ll be able to retrieve it whenever you want.
Additionally, if you have equipment that you would prefer to sell, then make space in your warehouse by consigning with iGAM. We’ll do the leg work to sell your equipment on our online marketplace while you reap the benefits of a cash reward. Visit our Sell Your Equipment page here!
5. Employee training
Training your employees will not only make your staff happier and more productive, but it will also improve your manufacturing process by minimizing downtime.
With a robotics education, employees will be confident and knowledgeable enough to handle troubleshooting and diagnostics in-house. You won’t have to pay for a technician to visit your facility, which will save you thousands of dollars in downtime.
If you want to train your staff in robotics, visit NRTC Automation’s Robotic Training Services page. NRTC will create a personalized plan for your employees based on your company’s specific needs.
6. Turnkey robotic work cells
Last but not least, if you want to automate a specific portion of your production line, consider adding a robotic work cell to your facility.
With this turnkey solution, be it a custom-made work cell or pre-made work cell, you can increase throughput and capacity by over 200 percent. iGAM can build a work cell specific to your company’s needs or you can shop robotic work cells on our marketplace.
We offer financing for robotic work cells, and every cell comes with 1-Year NRTC Assurance Warranty Coverage to give you peace of mind with your purchase. Learn more about our Flexible Work Cells on our website.
Start improving your production processes today
Use the resources listed above to cut down on wasted resources, improve production efficiency, minimize downtime, and increase demand capacity in your warehouse. If you need automation solutions to achieve your production goals, iGAM and NRTC Automation are here to help.
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