Three Ways to Keep Your Factory Running Day After Day
The worst nightmare of most in the manufacturing sector is to see their production line stopped, frozen in time. That lack of movement can cost larger firms thousands of dollars an hour in stock that was unable to be made – showing just how important it is to produce as many items as possible on your production line. In this article, we’ll look at three ways in which you can keep your factory running throughout the year, expecting no delays or disruption despite the several risks that you might experience along the way.
If you’re a responsible factory owner, you’ll know that having spare parts in your facility is important for those moments during which your machines fail you. In these moments, you need your mechanics on hand so that they’re instantly able to get stuck into the issue. Buying replacement belts, replacement nuts and bolts, and all of the hard-to-find elements of your machinery is important for reducing disruption at your facility.
Even better than having replacements on hand for failures, though, is to replace worn-along parts before they fail. That way, you’ll stand a better chance of continually running whenever you want to, with routine maintenance during downtime helping you keep your line updated and continually upgraded.
It’s down to your mechanics to see when you’re in need of repairs. And the quality of those mechanics will, to some extent, be decisive in keeping your factory running for longer. So hiring smart, experienced mechanics who are driven and motivated to do a good job is crucial for any ambitious factory.
Hiring quality mechanics can be difficult. Firms often opt to head-hunt from rival firms, which has the added benefit of depriving your competitors of talent and getting the most experienced hands on deck when you need them. So feel free to hire laterally, getting in the brightest mechanics who will be able to hit the ground running to keep your factory running day after day.
Your machines may be a decade old. They’re made to last, with only a handful of repairs taking place over the years. But still, old machines are less reliable than newer models, and they experience more wear and tear and disruptive errors over time. So making a sweeping upgrade, replacing a machine wholesale with a new model, is a smart investment from time to time.
Which machine you choose to upgrade and why should be left to your mechanics and those who are aware of the functioning parts of your production line. You might improve speed alone or to offset the risk of an old machine breaking. Once the upgrade is made – even if it disrupts your line for a couple of days as it’s installed – you’ll be able to rest easy in the knowledge that the new parts are very unlikely to fail.
Make your production line more reliable and less prone to malfunctions with the tips outlined above.