neglect or forget one of the key elements for success: Machine Uptime.
By paying attention to machines and the reasons they stop we gain an understanding
of our weaknesses.
This understanding can lead to operator training, machine functionality improvements, and
better preventive maintenance, thus, improving our manufacturing processes
and our organization's financial performance.
The only way to achieve this understanding is to develop an information system that can help you
track each downtime event.
Tracking each downtime event allows
managers or supervisors to graph machine performance, evaluate total downtime per shift, per
product number, and downtime per operator.
Finally, you can start a
continuous improvement process involving your machine operators, production
supervisors, shift managers, mechanics, and engineers.
Continuous Improvement Process
A Continuous Improvement
Process (CIP) is the key for organizational change. Every CIP needs an
efficient way to assess the improvements and track performance. Without
performance tracking, any initiative for change will lose strength and
the people involved may lose motivation to continue the CIP.
DowntimeDB can assist
you by providing you the tool needed to track performance
and improve you manufacturing operation.