Developing or expanding a production line comes at a cost. However, if done correctly, also comes with an increase in efficiency, throughput and cash flow.
Before updating or developing your production line, first consider these four helpful tips:
- Research and Invest
The price of production line machinery and equipment adds up quickly and may leave one feeling overwhelmed, but don’t be intimidated. It is important to remember that a well-designed production line leads to a quicker return on your investment. For this reason it is important to do research and buy quality, reliable equipment.
- Plan for the Future
It is critical to make plans for future expansion. When the time comes to expand, increase speeds and add machinery, it can be hassle free with some simple foresight. When possible, invest in maneuverable, modular equipment that can be adjusted when necessary.
No matter how efficiently a line may run, machines will go down, rates will differ, and scheduled maintenance is unavoidable. Protect and increase your throughput by strategically placing accumulation systems in your production line. For more information on accumulation, visit our page on Line Analysis.
- Keep It Simple
Unfortunately, all machines require maintenance. Simplicity is not always an option, but when it is, it often makes sense to choose the product with the least required maintenance. This option is sometimes a bit more expensive, but will still lead to a faster ROI with fewer maintenance and repair costs over time.