Eliminating Waste Series – Time (machines breakdown)
November 1, 2017
“A picture is worth a thousand words”. What do we mean when we talk about eliminating waste? These are real pictures taken during different process optimization projects that illustrate how we assist our customers’ factories to produce more efficiently.
Type of waste: time, not to mention the complications of production stoppage caused by machines downtime. Or the quality defects a malfunctioning machine can cause. When a machine breaks down, it ruins the whole production planning and flow. Sometimes the solution is as simple as using another machine, or as difficult as having to buy spare parts abroad, wait for the authorized service, or other similarly frustrating circumstances.
As always, our advice is Prevention. Set up a machinery preventive maintenance program instead of resourcing to quick fixes that save you today and get you into trouble tomorrow. Have inhouse a mechanic with the necessary skills and training to service the factory machinery. If dirty, not lubricated, unreliable machines is an usual view of your factory, there are huge opportunities for improvement.
Stay tuned for more Impactiva optimization solutions.