How to Improve Productivity in Manufacturing
Wasted time creates revenue loss for your business. Making sure your manufacturing processes run smoothly and efficiently is essential for maximizing productivity. However, finding areas of improvement can be challenging, especially if you don’t know where to look. Here are some tips for improvising productivity in manufacturing and the advantages of integrating custom engineering solutions into your industrial applications.
Tips for Improving Your Manufacturing Industrial Applications
Review Your Current Workflow
The first step in improving productivity in your manufacturing processes is analyzing your existing workflow. This allows you to determine how your facility operates and find inefficiencies. When reviewing your environment, focus on these three areas:
- People: Verify your employees have the proper credentials to manage their tasks. Also, take time to make sure they’re operating safely and understand the key objectives of their position.
- Processes: Map out your organization’s processes and see if there are any areas of improvement. This helps determine productivity bottlenecks and gives you a clear picture of how your employees operate.
- Equipment: Evaluate your equipment to ensure it is in good condition and working properly. Equipping your staff with poor tools makes enhancing productivity challenging.
Commit to Scheduled Maintenance
Few things impact your company’s productivity more than malfunctioning equipment. Committing to regular maintenance allows you to identify minor issues in your machinery before it develops into a major problem. Create a schedule that determines how often you inspect components and follow it closely. Adhering to this provides long-term benefits by allowing you to reduce breakdowns.
Your staff needs the right equipment to maintain their operations, and that includes replacement parts. Storing too little of a piece increases the likelihood of delays when you run out of inventory. Make sure you have what you need to maintain productivity now and in the future.
Have the Right Equipment
Using standard components for your processes may seem more convenient, but it could cause unforeseen problems. Verifying your equipment has the ideal pieces is essential for preventing unwanted failures and breakdowns. Taking time to consider customized options that can be designed and built to specifically suit your industrial applications.
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Get the Parts Your Need With Franklin Fastener’s Custom Manufacturing Products
Purchasing standardized equipment that doesn’t suit your equipment creates bottlenecks in your processes by causing errors and other delays. Also, many components are made from cheap materials and break easily.
Franklin Fastener understands the frustrations associated with dealing with poorly made parts and offers custom metal stamping products that engineer products to suit your specific needs. Our team has over seven decades of experience and leverages our knowledge to develop the following components for our clients:
Plain and Coated Clamps
Along with our line of standard clamps, we also custom-make plain and coated clamps that maintain their durability in extreme conditions.
Installing cushioned clamps allows your equipment to maintain operations in challenging situations. We offer engineered products with various material options to suit your needs, including:
- And more
Our in-house capabilities allow us to perform high- and low-volume production for bracket products. The Franklin Fastener team utilizes our expertise to build parts with complex geometries and reduce setup time and production costs with innovative stamping processes.
We understand each business has unique needs and can manufacture a wide variety of special washers to meet your needs. Some of the features we offer include:
- Hardened and ground
- Chamfered ID on both sides
- Annealed copper
- Full hard shims
- Spherical washers
- Stainless steel washers
- Low- and high-carbon steel washers
How We Create Your Custom Engineering Solutions
Creating a custom product is an essential process that must be done carefully to verify it meets your needs. Poorly designed or improperly made parts can create friction issues that damage the integrity of your equipment and cause malfunctions.
Franklin Fastener understands the value of delivering the right part for your job and follows our comprehensive process to design and create your components:
Enhanced Design Modifications
One of the biggest disadvantages of the traditional method is its limited flexibility which makes implementing design modifications difficult. In fact, it often requires creating an entirely new die, creating production delays and increasing costs.
More industries are turning to four-slide precision metal stamping because it allows operators to adjust each component individually. This reduces downtime and enables companies to resume operations quickly after integrating modifications.
Finding the right parts to improve productivity in your manufacturing processes starts in the design stage. We offer advanced product design services that utilize innovative software and CAD drawings to find solutions that suit your needs. Our staff consults with your team and gathers information regarding the issues you’re facing, and then creates a blueprint for a component that could remedy it.
Metal Rapid Prototyping
Transforming your ideas from a design to an actual product is an exciting time. Unlike other companies that produce cheaply made prototypes, Franklin Fasteners makes them using their intended materials. Our production-intent samples provide peace of mind knowing your component meets your needs. Most of the items we produce require little-to-no tooling, and we can quickly transition to the next step once the part is verified.
After verifying the quality of your prototype, our team begins manufacturing your component. Franklin Fastener utilizes in-house tooling solutions with progressive dies, universal inserts, and multi-slide solutions to produce your product. We take pride in our commitment to innovation and are always looking for new ways to enhance our processes.
Franklin Fastener: a Leading Provider of Custom Engineered Products
Franklin Fastener has been providing industry-leading metal products for over seven decades. We understand the value correctly made parts have for various manufacturing processes, and we take pride in helping design and manufacture components that meet the needs of various industries, including:
- Heavy truck
Along with our custom-made solutions, we also offer a wide variety of competencies that manufacture the product you need. From metal stamping to wire forming and product finishing, we give our clients peace of mind knowing their components are made from high-quality materials and can withstand challenging conditions. Contact Franklin Fastener today to learn more about our industry-leading services.
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