Even though we’re definitely living in a tech-based world, it’s still common to find manufacturers who just don’t understand the need for downtime tracking and other solutions on their shop floors. “We’ve gotten this far without it,” they often say to themselves. “Why do I need this now?”
Simply put, manufacturing software isn’t just important – it’s your key to better and more forward-thinking production management moving forward and this is true for a variety of reasons that are certainly worth a closer look.
A Bold New Era of Production Management Has Arrived
If you had to sum up all of the benefits of production management software in a single word, “context” would undoubtedly be it.
For example, you obviously don’t need technology to tell you that you’re dealing with a breakdown or some other type of equipment failure. You know it because you’ve seen the end result – there was a period of time where your lines weren’t running and you’re dealing with production shortages as a result.
But what that technology CAN tell you is WHY the equipment failure occurred. It can shed insight into whether or not it was a maintenance issue (like if it had been too long since the machine’s last bout of routine maintenance), operator error or something else entirely. You can even see if machine setups and adjustments are just taking longer than they should, all so that you can put yourself in a better position to do something about them.
Likewise, these same types of manufacturing solutions can also generate incredible insight into the types of factors that are impacting performance. On your own, you probably have a solid understanding of how many parts you SHOULD be producing during a given time frame versus what results you’re actually getting. But with manufacturing software, you again learn that critical WHY – you can see how long your machines spend idling, how long minor stoppages are actually taking, and see other factors that are ultimately reducing the speed of your operation.
But the best part of all is that you can also track all of these things on a historical basis, seeing the very real “cause and effect” of the efforts you’re taking on a daily basis. You can see how far you’ve come and make sure that you’re always moving in the right direction, all so that you can capitalize on opportunities for improvement whenever they arise. This is the type of thing that is difficult (and often impossible) to do on your own, and certainly in a world of pen and paper. They’re also why manufacturing software will only continue to play an invaluable role in your operations moving forward.
If you’d like to find out more about how to leverage manufacturing software for better and more forward-thinking production management, or if you’d just like to find out more about our innovative downtime tracking solution and what it can do for your business, please don’t delay – contact Thrive today.