Top Traits Every Manufacturing Manager Needs to Succeed

  Leadership in the manufacturing realm can be challenging; high-impact jobs with possible high turnover can create a difficult environment to thrive in as a leader. We place manufacturing leaders every day at Alliance Technical Solutions, so we know what companies are looking for. Learn more about how you can position yourself as a leader: Read more about Top Traits Every Manufacturing Manager Needs to Succeed[…]

Do You Know the Difference Between Manufacturing Productivity and Efficiency?

Despite these two words pertaining to improving the production process of a manufacturing, agriculture, or service sector company, they refer to different things. Once you think about the differences, you can better utilize productivity and efficiency in your business.    Many manufacturing companies may only be running at 60-80% efficiency. For example, you produced 40% Read more about Do You Know the Difference Between Manufacturing Productivity and Efficiency?[…]

Laser scanning measures and digitalizes your factory layout

  Laser scanning is an efficient and highly accurate technology for 3D measurements and digitalization of complex facilities and layouts. The powerful tool can save both time and money on redesigns, keep design projects on schedule and provide valuable information. In this blog article, I will describe laser scanning, how it works and in what Read more about Laser scanning measures and digitalizes your factory layout[…]

Quel est le nombre d’indicateurs de performances à afficher à la cellule de production ?

  La pertinence des indicateurs ainsi que la façon dont ils sont représentés ne sont pas une question facile à résoudre. En effet, choisir entre efficacité, productivité, rebut, réparation, respect des délais ou autre peut s’avérer assez complexe. Tous les indicateurs ont leur pertinence et on ne cessera jamais du côté des gestionnaires de les Read more about Quel est le nombre d’indicateurs de performances à afficher à la cellule de production ?[…]

Operator safety in production: Food sector and others

When designing production equipment, it is crucial to follow rules and regulations stating what demands the equipment must live up to in order to ensure operator safety. Many potential risks are eliminated automatically when CE-marking the equipment by following the European Machinery Directive. In addition, there are rules regarding cleanliness, what materials to use and Read more about Operator safety in production: Food sector and others[…]

Eighteen example questions to ask in manufacturing performance self-evaluation

  Defining the right questions is only one part of the process. Another key aspect of successful self-assessments is the ability to compare responses. This means running manager and/or peer assessments simultaneously. Questions should match, so that people can look at their answers related to feedback they are receiving.   It’s also helpful if the Read more about Eighteen example questions to ask in manufacturing performance self-evaluation[…]

Improving Staff Retention and Warehouse Productivity through Ergonomics

The 80/20 rule in warehousing explains that 20% of products in a facility are picked 80% of the time, making these high-movers vital to consider when evaluating ergonomic challenges.   Improving warehouse layout and design also improves workflow. The result is an easier and more productive environment for workers. When work is easier to do, it Read more about Improving Staff Retention and Warehouse Productivity through Ergonomics[…]

Developing New Manufacturing Products to be the Next Big Thing

Documenting a vision for the future and measuring progress against that vision is a key step toward moving the business forward. Employees at all levels should adopt this vision and be committed to achieving it through their own efforts.   In manufacturing staying a step ahead means innovating for the future instead of creating products Read more about Developing New Manufacturing Products to be the Next Big Thing[…]

The real cost of unreliable manufacturing equipment — it’s significant

The value of lost production is the income you could have made if the equipment hadn’t failed and production hadn’t been interrupted. Depending on how long your equipment is down for, this can mount up to thousands of dollars. (Here’s some more info on harnessing the power of metrics.)   If your equipment isn’t in Read more about The real cost of unreliable manufacturing equipment — it’s significant[…]

Use accumulation to harmonize manufacturing production flow

    Accumulation is a process in which products are gathered before being passed on in the production line. This is done in order to make the most use of the machines involved. For example, if the input of a production line exceeds its output, an accumulation buffer can be used to even out these Read more about Use accumulation to harmonize manufacturing production flow[…]