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3 ways to improve your production rates

A business that is successful must be a well-oiled machine. It is easy when you first start out in business to keep all your cogs moving. However, as your company grows, it becomes harder and harder.

Having the right people at your side to be your eyes and ears can help you concentrate on other matters such as filling your order book, but this is like an ever-increasing circle.

The best way forward is to put a few simple procedures into place early on, so when these procedures are really needed, they are already second nature, and everything should just fall into place.

#1 Investing in staff

One of the easiest ways to improve your production rates is to invest in your employees. Keeping them well trained in their duties as well as a few extra duties will help when they need to cover sickness or holidays is a really good investment.

Having your employees trained by a qualified trainer and giving them certificates, whether they are industry-specific certificates or just in-house certificates, will also bring your company’s reputation to a higher standing with your customers as well as your employees.

This will also help with employee morale, and when employees are happy and feel appreciated, they will work harder, better and quality and speed will be much improved.

#2 Keeping production moving

Being able to keep production moving by using Fluent Conveyors all around the shopfloor is highly beneficial, as well as having trained members of staff around who can spot when there is a fault so it can be rectified early on means that any productions lines that encounter a fault will only be down for a minimum amount of time.

Downtime, whether it is a fault with the machinery or with the product, is a major concern. Having fully qualified technicians or engineers should mean that problems are dealt with promptly, and reoccurrence is likely to be minimal.

#3 Using scheduling software

Getting your scheduling right can be particularly helpful and having software such as Gantt charts will most certainly help with this.

Making sure that everyone has access to a computer in order to access the software is, of course, very important.

With Gantt charts, you can customize the layout to suit whatever work you are choosing to do, including office work, sales, and even production on the shop floor.

By loading in all the stages of production, what needs to be done at those stages, and a rough idea of how long it will take at that particular stage of production, you will be able to see where the product needs to go next for its next stage of production.

If you make sure that your employees have access to the software and are trained to use it, you should be able to track any job in progress around your company and know exactly who is working on it at any one time. This is great for seeing if there are any hold-ups and whereabouts on the product journey they are happening and also seeing at a glance if that particular job is going to meet its deadline or if that deadline will need to be extended.

So, this will help improve your production rate by not having to waste time wandering around, whether it is you or a member of staff, trying to find a job in progress only to find that there have been problems and production stopped. 

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