There’s a long, long list of potential bottlenecks that can get in the way of optimizing efficiency
on your shop floor. They can all affect your ability to keep your promises on delivery, price and quality, putting your reputation at risk.
Do any of these 4 scenarios sound familiar?
- Low inventory
You thought stock levels were higher than they actually are, so you’re short of the materials you need to go ahead and produce the order.
- Let down by a supplier
A trusted supplier of raw materials is out of stock. You had no idea they wouldn’t be able to come through, so you can’t start the order on time.
- Last-minute changes to the order
The customer calls with a change to their product at the last minute. That wouldn’t necessarily pose a problem – unless there’s a breakdown in communication and the foreman never finds out.
- Budget overrun
Your original estimate has turned out to be inaccurate. You had to use a different supplier than originally planned and their costs were higher than you budgeted for.
And that’s just the start
Bottlenecks have an adverse effect on customer satisfaction. They can wreak havoc across the entire production floor. And they can damage a hard-earned reputation. But they can be avoided by modernizing your operations. And that’s easier than you might think. If you have a few minutes, we can show you how.
See how your peers are meeting (and beating) the challenges
We’ve spoken to a few small manufacturers who are successfully overcoming bottlenecks, modernizing their operations and building enviable reputations in this very competitive industry. If you’re involved in manufacturing, you might be interested to see what they’ve got to say.