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:
- Well-trained employees
- Proper materials and tools at the work site
- Offline programming on all machines.
- Support the process with co-bots and logistics solutions.
- 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.