Many peoples' lives during the coronavirus shutdown hav […]
Many peoples' lives during the coronavirus shutdown have gone something like this:
Order pajamas and board games from Amazon and eBay
Watch cat videos on YouTube.
Binge-watch Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Prime.
Squeeze in quality time by running Google searches on the meaning of life.
Others — many of them business owners — have been a bit less laid back, as they struggle to plan for an uncertain economic future that may far outlast the virus itself. With luck, they are able to plan not only for survival but for future growth by reading and thinking about ways to increase productivity.
If you can identify with the second group, you’ll want to read this post about improving your manufacturing process efficiency and learning how to label products better — specifically, speeding up production by eliminating repetitive manual labor through automation.
In addition to increasing output, other benefits of using automation to streamline the way you label products in the car assembly line include:
Freeing up time to focus on other aspects of your operation.
Reducing employee fatigue that can lead to errors and repetitive motion injuries.
Improving quality by ensuring precise and consistent placement of labels.
Printing accurate data on labels such as lot numbers, dates, and barcodes.
Let's take a closer look at how to improve labeling efficiency by integrating the right equipment into your production line.
Analyzing Production to Identify Bottlenecks
Even if your production line is not large, start with careful measurement and analysis of your current production line. You'll want to identify inefficiencies and bottlenecks and set new goals. First, how long does it take to move your product from start to finish? Once you know that number, it's time to collect other data you’ll need to measure efficiency.
First, record how long each process (e.g., filling, capping, labeling) takes. Add up all the process times, then divide that number by the total time you recorded above. Since there is always some time lost between stations, efficiency will be below 100%. A good rule of thumb is to aim for efficiency of at least 80%, which would mean 20% of total time is lost between stations.