Obviously, downtime that is allowed to occur for ANY reason is a major concern for manufacturers everywhere. Sure, you may recover from the event and get things back up and running again in an hour or so. But you’re still dealing with an hour of lost capacity that can never, ever be regained.
There was a time when manually recording downtime events on paper was “enough”, but rest assured those days are long over. Not only can the right downtime tracking solution give you more visibility into these downtime events than ever before, but they also put you in an incredible position to turn data into insight (and insight into action) across the board.
Downtime Tracking: Putting Your Data to Work For You
To get an idea of just how important this is, consider what you can do with a downtime tracking solution like Thrive. From moments after your initial deployment, you’ll be able to automatically capture both start and stop events, along with the context surrounding unplanned downtime events, via a solution that can connect directly to any machine on your shop floor.
So right away, you’re already increasing the visibility of your downtime events and are getting alerted to them far faster – allowing you to do something about them as quick as you can.
But diving deeper, you’re also getting more accuracy than ever before. You don’t have to wonder whether or not the duration of a downtime event is correct, for example, because you’ll know beyond the shadow of a doubt. As time goes on, you’ll be able to see the common downtime categories and reasons for each type of event as it occurs. You won’t just know that there was a pause in productivity – you’ll be able to separate planned stops from unplanned stops, see issues like material shortages or manpower shortages, uncover the specific reasons for technical issues and beyond.
At that point, you have most of what you need to prevent these types of issues from happening again in the future. If your data is giving you the insight that 80% of your downtime instances have to do with manpower shortages, you know you need to bring more people into the fold. If planned maintenance or shift changeovers are taking too long, you’ll be able to quickly find out why so you can put a stop to it.
That’s why data is so important in a manufacturing environment – it’s not just about WHAT is happening, but WHY. Once you know that, you have the insight you need to take the best action possible given the circumstances. This in and of itself more than justifies the investment for most people.
If you’d like to find out more information about turning data into insight and action with downtime tracking, or if you just have any additional questions that you’d like to discuss with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact the team at Thrive today.