With regards to your production lines, one of the most important things for you to understand is that you can’t improve what you’re not tracking. Yes, it’s incredibly difficult to get an entire factory operating at 100% peak efficiency at all times – but you’re not going to get anywhere even close to that point if you don’t understand what’s currently working and, more importantly, what isn’t.
To help unlock this level of insight, many organizations turn to comprehensive downtime reporting. But rather than assigning this task to your human employees (and thus taking them away from those matters that absolutely need their attention), it’s crucial to buy into the fact that automated production reporting can save you an incredible amount of time every day for reasons that are beyond worth exploring.
The Power of Automated Production Reporting: Breaking Things Down
To get a better understanding of just how much time can be saved by embracing automated production reporting, all you have to do is look at the sheer volume of information you’ll be able to access.
Not only will you be able to automatically record downtime events (and their associated fault codes), but you’ll also have the ability to analyze those events based on factors like which process was running, what machine was involved, which line was doing the work, and more. You can even take a look at the department in question, which shift the downtime event occurred during and even which crew was operating it at the moment.
Could you get this level of insight if you were still operating in an old school era of pen and paper? Sure – it’s just that collecting this all manually will essentially turn into a full-time job in and of itself. Or, you could let the automated reporting offered by downtime tracking do it and have access to this level of detailed analysis in just a few quick mouse clicks.
But even more than that, this type of automated reporting can run on-demand or on a schedule of your own choosing. It can even be used to generate instant alerts whenever something deviates from “normal” working conditions so that someone who might be in a position to address an issue can be informed of it right away.
The best part of all is that this type of automated reporting only becomes more valuable over time, as you can use the historical data that you’re creating to take a look at production downtime trends over any period of time that you’d like. You can classify all stops by a system that makes the most sense to you like operational issues, planned stops vs. unplanned stops, breakdowns and more – all so that you can see what your most common issues are and put a stop to them as fast as you can.
To get additional insight into how automated production reporting can help save you a significant amount of time on a daily basis, or to speak to an expert about your own unique needs in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact Thrive today.