Factories are minefields of high-impact or low-maintenance issues. Fortunately, most problems require simple and easy solutions to save millions. Still, it takes determination, knowledge and effort to come up with an optimal solution.
The old-age saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’ aptly applies to factories as well. Rather than wait for contingency plans, it is important to get to the bottom of problems immediately. This way, you guarantee increased production, reduced risks of losses and better factory performance.
The Need for Optimised Production Plans
Production planners often handle thousands of production orders from clients. Each allocation requires precision, and outcome productions should be efficient, quick and of good quality. Unfortunately, constraints limit the success of such plans.
The creation of an optimised plan proves to be a challenge, but not impossible. Today, Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) systems are available. These systems possess solvers used to optimise and automatically execute decision planning methods.
Sufficiency for Warehouse Operations
Warehouse supervision is no walk in the park—it is much more complicated.
The concept of supply and demand is a daily struggle for warehouses. It is your task to keep sufficient levels to cover your customers’ demands. If you stock too high, it can be costly; stock too low, it is still expensive. The ideal level is in the middle and requires exact calculations to maintain the right supply.
One way to optimise is to use available storage for the immediate availability of shipped goods. For example, you can use empty rides to take your stocks closer to the exit.
Pay Attention to Maintenance Intervals
Maintenance is an essential for guaranteed smooth-sailing operations. Spare some attention in maintaining conveyor components to reduce lost time and other financial expenditures.
There are two problems maintenance works always face: it happens too late or too early. In both cases, you end up losing too much money. This calls for proper optimisation of maintenance breaks and works to occur during ideal timeframes.
Use software to optimise equipment maintenance. With proper data collection methods, the system learns about patterns that result in failures. This allows for proper maintenance scheduling, which offers big savings for your factory.
Optimisation is not impossible for your factory’s operations. All it takes is proper scheduling, proper supervision of supplies and a helping hand from technology.