Waste is one of the biggest drivers of decreased efficiency in any facility. Avoiding it at all costs can be tricky, but there are things you can implement to reduce it considerably, and optimize your manufacturing efficiency.
What is Lean Manufacturing?
“Lean manufacturing” is a process-management philosophy, made popular as an adaptation of the Toyota Production System. It’s designed to help you minimize costs and maximize production. What makes it so effective is that its main goal is to decrease waste—but it comes with other advantages as well. Lean manufacturing leads to higher-quality products, more punctual deliveries, and a significant reduction in stock inventories.
While products differ among facilities, typical waste found in most manufacturing processes are actually very similar. For each kind of waste, there’s usually a strategy to reduce or eliminate its effect on a company. One integral part in those strategies is innovative weighing solutions.
Types of Manufacturing Waste
Manufacturing a product before it’s needed, or making too much of a product, is overproduction. This leads to unnecessary inventory, and can lead to excessive lead times and high storage costs. Counting before supplying parts for insights about production outputs, intra-logistics, and packaging can help reduce this kind of waste.
When products aren’t moving or being processed, there can be unnecessary waiting time. A lot of a product’s lead time is stalled in waiting for the next operation. This is usually due to poor material flow, or the production process steps needing too much time. Weighing is an essential part of most manufacturing processes—if you can speed that up without losing accuracy, there will be significantly less unnecessary waiting.
Recent product recalls are great examples of how defects and rework can result in waste. Quality issues are common in the manufacturing industry, and those often lead to costly setbacks—not to mention a damaged reputation. Using weighing technology as a key component in your facility’s quality process will ensure that your products are 100% complete and up to your standards before ever leaving the building.
Transporting products between processes costs you, but adds no value to the end product. Mobile weighing solutions can significantly reduce the amount of transports of a product, reducing costs and labor time. In addition to unnecessary transport time, operator movements that are not related or required for the process can sacrifice production efficiency, increase labor costs, and increase the risk of injury or accidents. The right weighing equipment can encourage a speedy and logical workflow, minimizing these risks.
Inappropriate or ill-suited equipment can lead to defects, rework, increased labor costs, and more. You need the right weighing equipment for your work environment and tolerances. The good news? You don’t need the most expensive weighing equipment—it just has to be the right equipment.
Weighing Solutions for Lean Manufacturing
For all manufacturing companies, waste equals cost. When manufacturing thousands of discrete parts and components, however, it can be difficult to maintain lean production thoroughly. With precise, reliable, and fast weighing, you can effectively optimize your company’s operation potential, and add value to your existing processes.
For more information on ideal weighing solutions for your facility, contact Acme Scales today.