The story of the industry of manufacturing has been one of constant improvement. Few manufacturers continue to produce the same products as they did in their infancy years. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers need to continue to evolve their products to keep up with the demands of the marketplace. But meeting consumer demand is only half the battle — the other half is staying up to speed with industry advancements.
New technology brings a host of changes that manufacturers must identify. For example, increasing dependence on automation leads to the need for more skilled workers who understand these advanced systems. Integrated manufacturing systems today require a multitude of highly specialized capabilities. An emphasis on training equips your staff with the skills these systems require. If workers cannot adapt, organizations may find themselves struggling to stay competitive with the rest of the industry.
To stay competitive in this fast-changing environment, companies should have tools at their disposal that go beyond the equipment and technology innovations. These tools are ideas manufacturers can keep in their toolbox and use to produce next-level productivity.
One tool can be an investment in consistent maintenance, which can ensure that your machines stays in service for long periods of time. Your equipment won’t deliver expected benefits if you don’t take the time to care for it. If you experience downtime due to neglect, it will set you back considerably and make it more difficult to recover. Let historical failure data, OEM recommendations and analysis of repair spending help determine how you optimize your critical asset maintenance programs. This will result in higher productivity and fewer downtime periods.