Posted on: 15-11-2016

Effective Time Management: Principle Practices for the Manufacturing Industry

The manufacturing sector is a crucial domain for business industries worldwide that needs to work round-the clock and in a smooth and-hassle free way. It is essential to ensure that the cycle of production stays in constant spin to meet the production goals and to maintain the equilibrium between supply and demand. This is no easy job and requires efficient management in a variety of operational areas.

A huge and extensive workforce, separate specialized production areas, shift and schedule management, keeping track of incoming and outgoing inventories, managing resources and raw materials and all other major and minor functions are primarily evaluated for efficacy on one prime factor – Time!

Managing this extensive and specialized assortment of tasks in tandem is a real test of a manager’s strengths in the specific realm of manufacturing industry. Here, we are going to share some smart and result-oriented tips for time management at manufacturing sites. Read on to find out.

  • Standardize Your Work Operations

Devise an elaborate system of standard operating procedures for each operational area and production line. Standardization of tasks into fixed and efficient patterns helps keep things in flow and makes it convenient to find a loop or dysfunction just in time. This not only reduces wastage, but also ensures that no tasks or procedures are left unaddressed.

  • Leverage Efficiency through Automation and Mechanization of Tasks

Everything that can be added into the job domain of software programs or machines should be taken from manual labor and handed over to machines. Regular essential functions, like time and attendance recording, production count, shift designing, employee allocation, and overtime calculations are some of the essential tasks that are extremely crucial in terms of accuracy and precision. Therefore, integrating smart systems and applications to automate these essential yet time-taking procedures is a smart way to up your management game.

  • Conduct a Regular Need and Gap Analysis

Standardizing operations and automating regular tasks does not mean that you have aced your management job. A frequent check and inspection of production processes, checking out efficiency in terms of time, quality and quantity of production, and finding out the deficiencies and dysfunctions in the operational loops will help you devise solutions to improve efficiency.

  • ‘5S-Concept’ should be Your Management Credo

The 5S concept of lean manufacturing helps the production managers to develop a systematic, processional, integrated, and clutter-free manufacturing site. The ‘5S’ stands for Sort, Set (arrange in order), Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. The 5S concept circumscribes all your managerial responsibilities and makes it easier for you to plan and organize things in the most efficient, timely and quality compliant way, and to improve the pace and magnitude of your regular production.

 

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