The objective is cost effective manufacturing
There are key elements to becoming a cost effective manufacturing team. Managers should be armed with the right tools to guide the productivity and optimization. Their teams should be prepared to react to common problems in the manufacturing environment. Employee performance is the key to holding it all together or seeing the process fail. Effective learning techniques pinpoint key avenues to solving defects and increasing productivity. A simple, yet effective key to managing people is to help them learn. The challenge is that the learning curve is a variable that changes from employee to employee. Repetitive and consistent reinforcement is the key to enhancing the knowledge base rapidly and effectively. Not everyone is willing to admit that they do not comprehend subjects or learn as quickly as their peers, and guessing and assuming leads to trouble. Training the trainers has its limitations and trainer burn out is a real and significant issue. The demand on the manufacturing floor is to understand and follow SOP’s (standard operating procedures) while employing a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) mentality. These requirements must be balanced with equipment function and reliability to ensure everything is in good operating condition and ready to perform. The single most effective key is having a learning system that combines SOP’s, batch records, theory, and actual employee function with a swat team approach. The learning system must be a single source and not be effected on the trainer having an off day, poor attendance, lack of trainee comprehension, or interruptions. The ideal scenario would be a learning station that can be used in a training room or on the production floor. This system could be used to review a procedure, provide self evaluations, and document employee comprehension and performance. This is the most effective way to achieve Cost Effective Manufacturing.