3 Crucial Factors to Running Your Shop as a High-Efficiency Business
1. Automate Quality Control
Which one are you?
Companies adopting technologies like 3D scanning can now automate both the measurement and reporting of quality control. This frees up quality engineers and inspectors to focus on proactive measures to prevent defects from ever accruing.
Despite 84% of companies saying that quality control was the greatest area for improvement in their businesses, not nearly enough have moved on from manual hand inspection of components. Companies not using automation in quality control have to push more and more labor resources to keep up with growing demand.
2. Equipment Utilization
Which one are you?
Nearly 90% of manufacturing companies have a backlog of jobs. This could be due to a lot of things, but when you take into consideration that a majority of businesses schedule their equipment to be running over 91% of available hours, the answer is obvious. The intention is to get the most out of your machinery, but the unintended consequence is a backlog of jobs. What’s worse, is that overbooked machines and a job backlog gives no extra time to make process-improving fixtures and assembly aids.
Uses their production equipment and talented machinsts’ time effectively. Production does not have to pause to make a jig or fixture, and operations run smoothly. The 3D printer that makes fixtures to improve process times means their operation is always improving.
When an engineer needs a fixture or prototype, it takes at least 4 weeks. If they need it faster, it’s going to cost bringing donuts to the machinists to get it done on time. There’s always a backlog of jobs that makes process engineers wrestle with one emergency after another. (The stress has caused to the production manager has caused him to gain weight and his wife to leave. He’s very depressed, which doesn’t help the team function well either.) Future product development has slowed to a halt, as all hands are on deck just to tackle the current workload. They’ve tried hiring more people to keep up, but with unemployment at a decade-long low, it is nearly impossible. The backlog of jobs is making customers increasingly more upset. Late delivery penalties are eating away at the bottom line.
3. Generating First Article Inspection reports and ballooned PDF’s.
Which company are you?
Efficient companies are able to quickly and accurately generate First Article Inspection reports and ballooned PDF’s. Revisions are easily consumed and documents are updated in a flash. Some businesses are seeing an up to 90% reduction in time spent on this process.
85% of companies are creating inspection documentation manually. This means manually ballooning the print and transcribing all that information into spreadsheets. Errors are common. Most companies don’t have time to properly create an AS9102 form either. This lacks standardization and can cause errors down the road by misrepresenting dimensions in the First Article Inspection. This process is too time consuming and full of headaches.