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Everyone wants their business to do well no matter what it is. Store owners want a clean and presentable shopping environment, repair services want to appear as prepared and up to the task as possible, and it’s fair to say manufacturing plants want to keep their production line as efficient and state of the art as they can feasibly get.
Designing a safer and more efficient environment for your manufacturing or production process can go a long way to eliminating a wide range of potential issues and future problems. From choosing a building or location that offers sufficient space for your operations to future-proofing the workflow and production process itself, there are several key considerations that must be addressed when setting up an efficient manufacturing facility.
Select the Right Environment
While there are several clever tricks that may allow you to optimize an environment that only offers limited space, trying to make do with a facility that is too small to meet your needs can become a struggle not worth enduring. Selecting a building, facility, or interior environment that provides you with adequate space is of the utmost importance. Having the space and opportunity the necessary space to design a more ergonomic layout or to install the equipment needed to automate key aspects of the manufacturing process is an issue of tremendous importance. There is no “making do”, because that could lead to factory floor accidents with your staff and machines crammed close together.
Form Follows Function
Rearranging your layout, investing in additional resources, or making changes to the existing workflow process can help to eliminate minor bottlenecks and streamline production. The most efficient layout is often the one that has been created organically from the bottom up. Soliciting ideas and insight from your staff, employees and those who are more directly involved with the physical manufacturing process often proves to be very enlightening when trying to design a better floor plan. Your staff can give you a realistic idea of what’s working so far for them and what isn’t, what needs to be changed to increase safety or productivity, and what they believe works for them even if you might have thought otherwise.
Repairs, Maintenance, And Upkeep
Operating within a facility that is rundown, neglected, or poorly maintained can also lead to no end of problems and issues ranging from lost or contaminated products to easily avoidable workplaces accidents. All of these are things you as the owner will be held responsible for, and in fact, could open you up to potential legal action if the accident or incident is severe enough. Fixture upgrades, utility upkeep, and various repair services may all be needed in order to upgrade and maintain your facility’s interior environment. Installing handrails, arranging for flooring, and, depending on the flooring, what types of repairs it would need, along with addressing other maintenance-related concerns in order to eliminate potential slip-and-fall hazards within the workplace can be especially important.
Just because your facility design and layout are adequate to meet today’s needs does not always mean it will remain able to do so. Future-proofing your facility layout and manufacturing workflow now can save you considerable time, effort, and money in the days ahead. A modular production process that can be easily scaled up as needed or a working environment that provides extra space for future expansion may prove to be key assets.
The right working environment can go a long way towards optimizing efficiency. From repairs and environmental maintenance to the interior space that a facility is able to provide, knowing which concerns to focus on can make setting up a more efficient manufacturing facility a far easier proposition.
By Kara Masterson
who is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Doing research for this article, she learned a lot about dairy brick repair.