During harder economic times the need for practical production control is very relevant to keep production costs down. Production efficiency will not only ensure that you can meet or exceed all your production goals, it will ensure that you do so cost effectively. Continual evaluation of your manufacturing process allows for top performance.
Practical production control begins with planning. You must take into account the amount of product to be produced, the amount of materials on hand and the labor used to produce the end product. You must calculate, in real time figures, the ability of your production crew to produce the product on the equipment at hand and with the supplies you have. Once you have determined what the current production rate is you can begin to change or adjust what you need to increase production and decrease costs.
Examine your equipment first. Is your production order in sync with optimal production times? By changing the method at which parts are produced can you increase production speed or generate a faster moving production line? For practical production control you should design your work area to use the least amount of resources to produce the most amount of product.
Your next step in practical production control is to evaluate your supply chain. Verify if your company keeps enough raw material available to keep production time down and production levels at peak performance. Evaluate storage units and supply racks to see if supplies are kept in an easy access area allowing employees quick access to keep the production line running.
While you are evaluating your employees you will also be able to see if you need additional, or less, employees to process the jobs. Many times it is necessary to add additional personnel to make your production process work more cost effectively. Other times, you will find that reducing employees will cut the overhead when too many people are performing redundant tasks.
Finally, for maximum practical production control, evaluate your employees. Make sure that employees are trained properly on all equipment and procedures. Proper training can increase production optimization. Employees are key to your business and ultimately, to your production standards. Employees that do not understand the company’s production standards will not operate at maximum efficiency.
For practical production control to work its best the company must continually reevaluate this process throughout the lifecycle of the product. As equipment, supplies and employees change, so must the production control to ensure that standards are kept at peak performance. Many large manufacturing companies find that as their product line evolves simple changes in their production management will allow for more products to eventually be introduced into their line. Simple production control will allow any business to operate at optimal levels.