In manufacturing, scrap is the leftover material you cannot use and will have to discard after production. One of the biggest improvements manufacturing companies can make to their production process is to reduce scrap. While scrap is an inevitability for most projects, high levels of scrap can lead not only to unnecessary waste, but higher costs too. Effectively, you’re just burning money.
Finding ways to reduce the scrap rate for your manufacturing firm can help you save time and money, and help you produce better results.
What are some of the ways to reduce scrap in manufacturing? Take a look at the following ideas and see if you can apply them to your own processes.
In many cases, the damage caused by human error is responsible for high scrap volumes among manufacturers. Are you noticing large amounts of scrap due to poor handling and basic errors? Perhaps it’s time to revisit your training.
Refresher sessions and up-to-date training on manual handling, alongside demonstrations of correct processing techniques, can all help develop confidence and capability amongst your employees and reduce on human error. This, in turn, will help to reduce the damage caused to your materials.
Manufacturing processes are always changing and evolving, and these changes can have consequences for different elements of the process. For example, an increased scrap count.
By conducting a process audit, you can assess each stage of your processes to identify the points where scrap is being generated. You can then put measures in place to reduce the scrap rate while improving other parts of the process too.
Effective production planning software could be a valuable tool for helping you to monitor your production processes and put the necessary improvements in place.
Any changes to processes must be communicated to everyone involved in the production process, including those within the supply chain. Establishing processes and channels for clear communication can make people aware of changes in a timely fashion, which is something that can prevent the unnecessary waste of time and resources.
Thorough documentation of any changes to production processes is vital for reducing scrap. Documentation should be a priority to ensure compliance with procedures, helping to facilitate effective change management. Ensuring the correct documentation is in place will help facilitate clear communication, helping to eliminate confusion and ensuring employees refer to the correct documents when carrying out their work.
While scrap can cause many issues for manufacturers, there are controls you can implement to help reduce scrap levels and help your company run more efficiently. From better training to careful monitoring of your production processes, the changes you make can greatly impact your scrap levels.
Planning systems are an effective tool for monitoring and improving manufacturing processes. This makes it possible to identify the actions that are causing scrap to build up. From here, you can put any necessary changes in place. Using tools like Machine Plan, you can maintain a more effective manufacturing business that will help save your business time and money.
With Machine Plan’s efficient production planning system, you can programme your production to make the most of the materials you have in order to minimise your scrap and waste and maximise your efficiency and productivity. Our MMS is programmed to know how much material you will need and use the highest amount possible.
Is your manufacturing firm struggling with the UK energy crisis? Are you looking for ways of saving energy and money for your business? It’s always important to find ways to save energy, but now more than ever it’s becoming a necessity.
According to Retail Technology Innovation Hub, the energy crisis in the UK can impact businesses in the following ways:
So, how can manufacturers help reduce their energy usage and save money for their businesses?
Through careful planning and scheduling. By reducing downtime and wasting less time and energy.
And with the right resource planning system, you can improve your production planning and reduce machine downtime in between jobs. You can turn 12 hours into 10 each day, increase your workload capacity, and of course save on the energy you use to complete each order.
Using our own MMS, we have managed to minimise the time and energy we waste in between jobs. Thanks to the correct scheduling and organisation of our workload, we recently saved about 10% on our monthly energy bill (about £3,500).
With Machine Plan’s energy-saving production planning software, you can improve your machine and labour utilisation. You can increase your workload capacity, or alternatively reduce work hours and overtime costs.
Plus, with our accurate data collection, you can quickly find out which of your machines are not running efficiently and fix the issue before it gets worse. This will reduce your machine downtime, your scrap, and therefore your costs.
All businesses, big and small, need to plan their resources efficiently. This is what we call enterprise resource planning (ERP). Companies normally achieve this using an ERP platform, a type of software that helps them to manage and integrate the essential parts of their businesses.
An ERP software system can include various components, depending on the needs of your business. For example, it could integrate your sales, manufacturing, and human resources. Whatever you need, you can join everything together to allow these different departments to share information more efficiently.
We’ve talked before about the dangers of your sales team overselling. And there’s also the risk of underselling. That’s why you need to plan your resources effectively.
With a proper ERP system, your business benefits from better:
Once you ensure proper resource planning within your company, your sales team will benefit and be better able to make sales, close deals, and leave your customers happy.
With the right software to plan your manufacturing, you can better plan your sales and organise your staff. If you know how much time and resources your company has, and how much it needs for your existing projects, your sales and HR teams will both benefit:
That’s where our Machine Plan Management System will help. Our MMS is designed to let you know precisely how much of your time, staff and resources you are using. That way, you can properly plan your workload, forecast future sales, and keep things running smoothly.
In business and manufacturing, quality control (QC) is the procedure of ensuring that a product or service meets specific criteria for quality or meets the customer’s requirements. Quality control involves the inspection of the product or service to ensure quality assurance (QA).
Creating a product or putting together a service will cost you both time and money. Without proper quality control in place, that time and money can go to waste. What’s more, you run the risk of poor customer service or faulty products going to your customers, which will come back to haunt you later on.
With a proper quality control procedure, you can ensure constant maintenance and improvement of your products/services and maximise customer satisfaction. It will allow your business to become a thriving environment where your employees do their best to make everything ship-shape.
If you want an effective quality control procedure for your business, you’ll need to establish the following:
You should repeat this quality control process regularly to spot new issues and ensure customer satisfaction.
In a multi-step manufacturing process, you should utilise quality testing at each step of the process. This includes:
If a problem occurs at any stage of the process, you will better be able to identify it and fix it as soon as possible.
With the right software, keeping your product quality under control will be easier than ever, and you can help your team to keep quality failures as low as possible.
That’s where our Machine Plan Management System comes in. Our MMS’s quality control system is designed to assist your business with the quality control process and help you achieve quality assurance.
Is your sales team overselling? Working in sales can be extremely stressful, what with the constant pressure to meet sales quotas and ensure client satisfaction. In their quest to make plenty of sales to meet their targets, many salespeople fall into the trap of “overselling”. And this can seem to be an easy way of attracting new business.
But this could be what’s hurting your business the most.
When your company oversells in the short term, it ends up being harmful to your business reputation in the long term. For a manufacturing company that needs to produce a product as and when the order comes in, some orders can be difficult to fulfil in time. In the end, you’ll only struggle to keep the promises of your sales team.
And if your sales team are making promises your production team and manufacturing machine planning can’t keep, and they end up underdelivering on the order, it will make your business look:
It can cause you to lose your existing customers and any potential ones in the future.
So what can you do about this? You may think this is a problem you just can’t solve. How can you maximise communication between your sales teams and your operations teams to make plenty of sales that you can deliver on?
That’s the beauty of our Machine Plan Management System. It can produce reports at any time to tell you how long a particular order will take to fulfil – and when you’ll have the time to fulfil it. With a proper planning system, you’ll be able to plan your production better and keep your sales team more informed before they talk to the customer. No more overselling and no more underdelivering!
If you’re suffering from staff shortages, struggling to recruit new people to operate your machinery and run your manufacturing process, you are not alone. This is a common problem among companies we have spoken to, and for many others across the UK.
According to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce for Q1 2022, about 4 in 5 firms had trouble finding new staff. Among the most likely firms to report this difficulty are those in the manufacturing industry, with 80% experiencing recruitment issues.
These businesses also reported a number of issues contributing to their recruitment problem – for example, COVID-19, greater wage competition, and foreign workers being less available nowadays.
According to an article from the House of Commons Library, examining the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK industries, employment had fallen by 9% in manufacturing by December 2021 since pre-pandemic levels. At the beginning of the pandemic, job vacancies were cut in half, but since then they have increased dramatically and reached over 65% higher than pre-pandemic levels.
The Institute for Employment Studies blames these labour shortages mostly on a growth in economic inactivity. There are more people now who are not working nor looking for work. There is also, as many businesses have said, a shortage of foreign workers in the UK. A lot of EU nationals, due to COVID-19 and Brexit combined, have returned to their countries of origin.
With this in mind, how can businesses like yours cope with this strain in the workforce? By simplifying your manufacturing process and reducing your company’s needs for manual labour. With the right machine planning software, you won’t need to find as many workers to run your manufacturing process anyway.
To keep your productivity up despite staff shortages, our MachinePlan Management System (MMS) will improve your machine planning process and help your existing team to optimise production.
For Machine and Tool production planning even a small improvement in efficiency can save a lot of time and effort, but finding the right solution takes time. Time you might struggle to find. It becomes a vicious circle.
Typical problems you might have…
If you recognise any or all of the above problems then its worth investing some time to look over the parapet and see a new world of stress reduced planning ready and waiting.
Deciding what you need
To help speed up your research for an effective Machine Planning System we recommend a basic list of Must Haves:
Understanding the benefits
Imagine the benefits of a system that shows you in real-time what is going on now on your shopfloor with a dashboard that gives you all the data you need to make improvements.
With Machine Plan Systems you can even get OEE and plan production issues on your mobile phone.
Plus you can you can use mobile phone (4G) to collect data so no hardware issues, Standardise and automate production reporting, and have a full audit trail on each job including operator and setter names, comments, instructions, quality checks, material batch.
So when is a Free Trial really Free?
Its great that you don’t need to invest before you buy, but wading through multiple options and learning the process before trialling a proper test takes time. Your time. And your time isn’t Free.
With Machine Plan Systems we go the extra mile and set up the trial for you and show you how the production planning software works with your machines and tools in real-time to not only create the efficiencies and save you huge amounts of money, but also saving you time, stress and worry.
We do this by having a quick call to establish your current situation so we can set up a real-time test using our cloud based technology to show you the results. The whole process nay only tale an hour of your time but set you an a road of massive cost savings and stress reduction.
The next step to improving your planning and your profits
No pressure and no lengthy sales speal. Allow us to show you quickly how we believe our software can seriously improve your planning, your business and your profits.
Get in touch with us to set up your Free trial by using our Contact Page or by emailing our demo team at firstname.lastname@example.org