Precast Consulting Service
Finance, Marketing &
Labor Efficiency &
Some things to think
This is the basics.
We can help your plant staff think through these things and set and reach
achievable processes and goals.
Although most producers do not have an I.E. on staff, every plant should
have a labor standard for each product produced. Although individual
pieces can take more time than the standard, don't make it too complicated.
It is easy to let the ideal stand in the way of the achievable.
In most computer systems, labor can be tracked. Goals should be set and
Methods & Materials Analysis
Every task should have a design. That design should specify the correct
materials and the exact expected result. It is undesirable to specify
each step unless the expected results depend upon it. Although this
analysis can be done by an I.E., the best analysis is done by the supervisor
together with the actual operators or crew. A stopwatch is not needed.
Documented Procedures & Materials
Every task design should be set down in writing. How often do we
have to reinvent the wheel. Everyone can quickly recall some sad
instance when some turnover caused task amnesia and we find the job is
done wrong. There are several good formats. Every plant has
one. The key is to use it, and refer to it, and train from it.
One of the worst time wasting practices is sending production workers to
fetch materials needed on the line. Even in small plants, it pays
to specialized the function of receiving materials and delivering them
to production. It is more efficient and gets the correct parts to
the line, in the exact quantities needed. Only ready to use materials
should be brought to the line. If it has a defect, discover it the
day before. Don't keep benchstock on the line; it invites using the
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