As you begin to move your manufacturing efforts into the United States, it stands to reason that one of your top priorities will be optimizing efficiency across the board. You want to hit the ground running and run the most profitable business that you can – you’re (rightfully) unwilling to let anything stand in your way.
Yet ironically, there are several factors that are potentially doing exactly that – possibly without you even realizing it. If you’re supposed to produce 100 parts a minute and you’re only producing 90, you’re still looking at 10 that weren’t made. Downtime is a situation when your machines aren’t running because of something that wasn’t planned… but that doesn’t always mean your machine was totally offline.
Luckily, these factors are NOT always beyond your control. With the right downtime tracking process in place, you won’t just know WHAT is happening across your lines. You’ll know WHY and, more importantly, you’ll know exactly what you need to do about it to optimize performance and quality across the board.
What Downtime Tracking Matters: Breaking Things Down
At its core, downtime tracking is essential because of the larger goal it helps you accomplish: you need to figure out why you’re not working as fast as you can and should be.
Sometimes it’s because one or more of your machines was offline due to a maintenance issue, yes. But it could also be because your operator has essentially throttled the machine – possibly through no fault of their own. It could also be because of micro starts and stops with the machine that are adding up to far more time than they should.
All three of these problems require vastly different approaches to fix – and you won’t know which one you need to implement unless you know EXACTLY what is happening at a moment’s notice.
With the right downtime tracking solution by your side, you won’t just have a “bird’s eye view” of your company. You’ll be able to measure your actual production output and compare it against your line’s full potential – thus easily tracking shift efficiency or analyzing trends by line in a way you simply couldn’t in the past.
How efficiently does your line produce one product versus another? Do you know what your biggest source of downtime is right now? How can you better prioritize things like equipment maintenance, purchases, and other actionable steps by the result you need to achieve the moment?
The answer to all these questions is simple: downtime tracking.
In the end, downtime tracking is able to unlock the most important advantage of all: the peace-of-mind that only comes with knowing your manufacturing efforts in the U.S. are as efficient as possible without any of the potential downsides that businesses like yours so often deal with.
If you’d like to find out more information about why downtime tracking is the FIRST thing you should be looking at when you bring your manufacturing into the United States, or if you’d just like to schedule your free demonstration to really see what our powerful solution can do, please don’t delay – contact Thrive today.