Ask any factory manager his or her thoughts on the most important tech advancement of the last two decades, and you’re likely to get a similar answer: data capture. Moving processes away from error-prone pencil-and-paper recordkeeping immediately increases shop floor visibility and efficiency. Managers no longer need to manually track machine and labor productivity; they can interpret the information and adjust processes based on their findings.
According to Gallup's 2017 State of the American Workplace, only 25 percent of U.S. manufacturing employees are engaged, meaning they are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and employers. An equal percentage are actively disengaged. These disengaged employees negatively impact their coworkers and cost employers anywhere from $483 billion to $605 billion each year in lost productivity.
This productivity metric has a direct impact on cost per unit, schedule adherence and many more measures within a factory.
A constant challenge facing most operations professionals is how to improve the productivity and efficiency of the shop floor. This productivity metric has a direct impact on cost per unit, schedule adherence and many more measures within a factory.
One of the first challenges I see is that most facilities are still managing their shop floor on a system that by its very design, limits visibility. Are you still collecting performance information using paper or collating such information on Excel spreadsheets? If the answer is yes, then you are probably struggling to track your shop floor operations as that data is subjective and always out of date. Plus, you are spending too much time collating and understanding your data from manual systems - and using valuable ‘work’ time on non-value added administrative time. You could be using this wasted time to actually take action…. if only the information were available to you in real-time.