It’s tough to stay competitive in the manufacturing sector today. The days of masking production inefficiencies are now over. Exchange rate fluctuations and low-cost offshore facilities continue to increase pressure on the roughly 300,000 small and mid-sized companies in this sector, leaving most presidents wondering how they will maintain or grow their businesses and remain profitable over the coming years.
Many operations managers face challenges in properly designing and implementing systems that avoid unexpected surprises that include:
- Jeopardizing future sales due to broken promises on customers’ ship dates
- Overtime and other cost overages from eroding profit and reducing morale
- Wasted capacity due to poor material handling practices
- Poor staff and machine utilization due to poor purchasing practices
The root cause of most shop floor headaches is scheduling. Identifying and scheduling around the bottlenecks in manufacturing environments is key. Gaps in the planning, communication, monitoring, analysis and feedback components generate inefficiencies that reduce productivity.
Job Shop environments are forced to deal with the even more complex issue of shifting bottlenecks. The day-to-day change in the number, size, composition and routing of jobs makes it nearly impossible to efficiently allocate resources, personnel and materials without a robust scheduling process.
Yet, with all these challenges, some companies are setting new standards of excellence in both effectiveness and efficiencies. Companies that are pulling ahead of the crowd are doing so by applying Best Practices that have a track record of proven results.
Our practical and results-driven approach typically includes implementing:
- Scheduling systems to maximize utilization
- Material handling and inventory controls to ensure production is properly staged
- Purchasing systems that are linked to production schedules to ensure material availability and minimize inventory costs
- Visual scheduling boards that act as planning and communication tools
- Estimating and Job Costing systems to learn how to secure more profitable jobs
- Systems to optimize pricing strategy to sell forecasted production capacity
- Certification programs to ensure management and front line employees are properly trained on new systems
- Although manufacturing and job cost companies are a significant part of our client base, working with MRSI is not for everyone. Changing the mindset of your people and the processes they follow to become truly competitive is not easy.
To determine if the right conditions are in place for you, please give us a call at 604-345-0424 and ask to speak with a Benchmarking Coordinator today. Or, if you prefer, contact us by email at email@example.com.