Downtime is a real killer.

Facilities lose a frightening amount of productivity to it.

Downtime is one of the biggest drags on a factory’s efficiency. And although it’s a serious problem, it’s one that can be remedied.

There are long-term steps you can take. These might take a lot of effort. But their payoff will be big. There are also quick and easy changes. Implement these and you can start seeing the benefits right away.

And the benefits from these simple changes may be more than you think.

#1 – Choose Your Optimum Settings and Stick to Them

Many different people might use a piece of equipment each day. They each have their own way of doing things. They use the settings that work for them.

Take the time to figure out what the optimal settings actually are. Mark them down. Get everyone on the same page about using them.

If someone wants to suggest a change it should be tested to see if it actually increases efficiency. Then the optimal settings you’ve chosen can be updated.

#2 – Make Downtime Visual

When there’s downtime, people need to know about it. Visual cues like andon lights can be helpful here. The more people who know about it the better. This can lead to a faster resolution.

If the amount of downtime passes a specified point it should be escalated.

#3 – Only Make One Change at a Time

Making changes for the better is a great idea. But if you make too many changes to a piece of equipment at once it can cause problems.

That’s because if one of the changes has lead to a new problem it can be difficult to diagnose. But if you only make one change at a time you can avoid this. It is easier to diagnose the source of the problem.

#4 – Do Regular Maintenance on Parts That Wear Down

Parts like seals, gaskets, belts, and rollers wear down. You shouldn’t wait until they wear down to replace them. If you do, you’ll end up with extra downtime.

Set a date to go through and check on them. If they’re in less than optimal condition replace them. Then make these maintenance checks a regularly scheduled process.

The Useful and Simple Tips Above Can Really Help You Cut Downtime

Of course, there are more involved processes you can implement to reduce your downtime. But these tips can help you start making changes right away.

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