Why Only Teaching Shop Floor Staff “How” Things Are Done is Not Enough

Where manufacturing processes require manual intervention, it is vital that the operators of those processes do so consistently. This means that all operators should follow the same procedure. It is also important that the procedures being followed lead to the best results, and are hence reflective of “best operating practice”. Achieving best practice requires subject Read more about Why Only Teaching Shop Floor Staff “How” Things Are Done is Not Enough[…]

Common Barriers to Low-Cost Manufacturing

Becoming a cost leader is a natural source of competitive advantage for manufacturers. Lower costs assist commodity producers to undercut their competition on price, while for branded product manufacturers with leverage over price, lower costs can significantly increase margins. Low-cost producers enjoy better cash flows than their more wasteful competitors. Assuming that a business is Read more about Common Barriers to Low-Cost Manufacturing[…]

Problem Solving: Simple Route to World Beating Performance

Continuous improvement is only possible within a framework comprising the systematic measurement of performance and the establishment and facilitation of structured processes to close the gaps between achieved performance and performance targets. Problem solving offers this to any organisation willing to make the necessary investments in competence acquisition and resolute enough to drive required changes Read more about Problem Solving: Simple Route to World Beating Performance[…]

Keys to Manufacturing Cost Reduction

Manufacturing businesses incur a wide range of costs. As with any business, there are many fixed costs associated with manufacturing, such as salaries, maintenance, rent and the like. If you really want to sustainably reduce the cost of your manufacturing operations however, the costs you need to be focusing on are variable costs. In this Read more about Keys to Manufacturing Cost Reduction[…]

What is the Real Value of Energy Efficiency

There has been an enormous groundswell of interest in energy efficiency over the last decade or so. I have noted however that with most of the organisations I come across, energy efficiency has still not quite been mainstreamed into decision-making processes, leaving significant potential untapped. Achieving high levels of energy efficiency is set to become Read more about What is the Real Value of Energy Efficiency[…]

Can Manufacturers Maximise Energy Efficiency Through Operational Excellence Alone?

The notion of operational excellence in manufacturing has been around for decades. Manufacturing managers face extreme challenges as they try to balance a range of often conflicting objectives. These include producing product reliably, meeting quality standards, operating safely, minimising costs, maintaining a heathy, motivated and skilled workforce, social objectives and now environmental objectives. In trying Read more about Can Manufacturers Maximise Energy Efficiency Through Operational Excellence Alone?[…]