More output with the same machines

In the previous email, I advised you not to invest immediately in machines if it seems that there is insufficient capacity. Machine vendors probably won’t be happy about that 🙂

It is important to remember that in the 4th industrial revolution, we will no longer win with machines alone.

Don’t get me wrong: I am certainly not against investing in machines themselves, on the contrary – modern machines with good data connectors are a must for a smart factory.

Plus, there are of course many tax/accounting benefits when renewing machinery.

But the point is:

You want to invest in machines only after you have maximized your processes by countering disruptions.

Here are a few things you can try first:

  1. Well-trained employees
  2. Proper materials and tools at the work site
  3. Offline programming on all machines.
  4. Support the process with co-bots and logistics solutions.
  5. Clear, digital work instructions

You also want to avoid organizational disruptions. I would venture to say that you can probably get twice as much output out of a machine if you do all these things right first.

Agree or disagree? Let’s spar about this .

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