January 09, 2020
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Plant Floor
by Guest Blogger
The start of any new year is a great opportunity to reflect and make some positive changes. There’s probably a good chance you made some personal New Year’s resolutions for 2020—so why not make a few for your plant floor?
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Over the course of a given year—especially during the last few whirlwind months of busy season—it’s not uncommon for plants to get a bit lax on some manufacturing practices. Maybe you’ve lagged on preventive maintenance in order to keep operations running and fill orders over the past few months. Or, maybe you’ve been overlooking some opportunities for process improvement.
2020 is a new year, and a fresh start. Let’s investigate a few New Year’s resolutions that can help get you off on the right foot for a successful year.
Eliminate sources of stress. Unnecessary stresses can lead to larger issues—one resolution you can make is to identify parts of your operation that are causing them and do what you can to eliminate them.
For window and door manufacturers, one of the most common refrains we hear is the difficulty of manufacturing screens. Screens are an expectation, something that all consumers demand, but screens offer little room for window and door manufacturers to build in added value. They’re labor-intensive to make, are easily damaged, and take up a lot of space on the manufacturing floor.
But there’s a better way. Outsourcing your screens production with a trusted supplier can free up space and eliminate what might be a big production headache. A good partner should be able to work to your specifications, delivering quality and on-time shipments you can rely on.
Keep up with maintenance. The start of the year tends to see orders slow down, making it a great opportunity to catch up with maintenance you may have been neglecting. Ongoing maintenance is always important, of course, but with some of this downtime comes the ability to dig in, take your time, and ensure your equipment is primed for continued success throughout the rest of the year. Calibrate your equipment, make sure any cutting blades are sharp, ensure your glass washing equipment is in good working order.
It’s also a good time to evaluate your plant’s best practices and procedures. Have these best practices been working well? Are they being followed? Is everyone on your floor following the maintenance schedule you’ve established? Does your schedule need adjusting? Take some time now to answer these questions and you’ll be better primed for success when orders heat up later in the year.
Stay focused on safety. Safety must always be a top priority for any manufacturing operation, but the start of a new year is a good time to renew your focus. Are there any new safety goals you’d like to achieve this year? Are there any new initiatives you want to roll out? Keep some of these things in mind as you get moving in 2020.
Questions or comments? Contact me directly at Larry.Johnson@Quanex.com.
January 09, 2020 by Guest Blogger