Inefficiencies are the bane of the manufacturing world. Regardless if a company is producing chemicals, wires and cables, or aerospace parts, issues like excessive material waste and lack of scalability are common nuisances that can have a major effect on profitability. Although operational managers may be aware of how these issues are impacting company figures, making changes isn’t always easy.
It is important to keep in mind these four goals when evaluating how a supply chain should be designed: capacity, responsiveness, costs, and flexibility. Additionally, when considering how to improve production in manufacturing, there are numerous factors to account for including:
- Current workflow efficiency
- Variable cost structures
- Hardware operational costs
- Equipment reliability and ease of use
- Material costs and waste
- Overall product quality
When looking to make improvements, these considerations should align with the company’s goal— increase throughput while reducing both inventory and operating costs. Plant managers can spend days reviewing these elements, thinking of ways to lower costs and streamline processes. At InkJet, Inc., we have seen first-hand how difficult this process can be. Since our establishment in 1989, we have helped businesses across the manufacturing spectrum enhance their operations by offering the latest marking technologies and giving expert advice on how to improve workflows.
Here we have used our experience to identify how marking and coding can be a significant contributor to the key factors in reducing product defects to boosting throughput.