The world of manufacturing is always pushing towards new advancements. Since the industrial revolution, the industry has continually found ways to reinvent itself. That continues to be the case. And while your own manufacturing facility likely won’t move away from the conveyor belt system or other commonplace equipment, recent trends in the manufacturing process have brought about several new tweaks and upgrades you may want to consider. So, if you’re looking for ways to enhance your companies production, whether it is from a cost-effectiveness standpoint, the ability to produce additional material in the same amount of time, or you simply want enhanced control over what it is your business does, these are some of the quality trends in manufacturing coming out in 2022 you need to consider.
A Smarter World
Manufacturing facilities have seen the Internet of Things slowly integrate into the production process. However, until recently, IoT devices were too expensive for small to medium-sized businesses to consider. Now more than ever, smart technology can improve your production. Whether reducing waste or spotting issues with the conveyor line before something catastrophic happens, smart equipment can save you tens of thousands of dollars annually.
Many smart devices come packed with specialized monitoring equipment that will give you a greater, real-time analysis of what’s going on with your business. Regardless of the industry, knowledge is crucial, and the more information you have about your business and what’s going on, the better off you’ll be.
One of the best recommendations for any small to medium business for IoT devices is to not necessarily upgrade everything all at once (this can still prove costly). Instead, if there is a device or part of the conveyor system that is slowing down and needs replacing, consider swapping the worn-out part with an upgraded smart version of it. This way, you can spread the cost of the upgrade out over time.
Several new trends have come directly out of the COVID-19 pandemic. One such trend is the need to keep up with demand while having a smaller workforce on hand. Following the forced shutdown of many businesses around the country (and the globe), not everyone returned to work. The chances are that it is not going to change anytime soon. Due to this, just about every sector has been forced to look for ways to keep up with production demand while having fewer employees on hand. It’s more than just paying current employees overtime until new workers are trained. It is necessary to simply find alternatives for workers. This is extremely important for business owners everywhere, whether this means a greater reliance on machines or looking carefully at production to find what can be streamlined. Staff shortages will not change any time soon, so it’s necessary to adapt.
This is directly attached to the previous trend. While employee safety has long been something most businesses carefully consider, it is even more so now. With fewer employees and the possibility of future outbreaks affecting production, enhancing employee safety within the manufacturing facility is necessary. Whether this means upgraded personal protective equipment, further separating employees from one another, so there’s less of a chance of multiple employees becoming sick at the same time, or enhancing insurance coverage, improved safety measures is a necessary trend that is picking up steam in 2022. It also helps the business look more attractive to potential employees, which is also a critical option for bringing workers back into the fold.
Considering the Supply Chain
When COVID hit, the international supply chain completely fell apart. Businesses relying on parts from overseas were forced to wait months, if not longer, to receive important parts. The auto industry itself had to shelf tens of thousands of vehicles in production lots, all because there were no microchips to install into them. That cost the industry significantly. Now, businesses are looking at ways to shore up their supply chain. Whether this means working with domestic suppliers or producing the necessary material yourself, it is important to consider the supply chain and how your business might be able to avoid the supply chain crisis that hit last year.
Focused on the Planet
The push to become carbon neutral continues not only for green-thinking businesses but also because local, state, and federal governments are tightening the screws on greenhouse gas production. These screws will only be tightened as the years go by, so if you haven’t jumped onto the carbon-neutral bandwagon yet, now is the time. On top of this, it is good publicity for your business, and you may be able to get your company some tax rebates all at the same time. These rebates and positive press can more than makeup for whatever it might cost to cut down on your emissions.
There are various upgrades that can be made to the production process that help any company reduce its carbon footprint. Yet, every business is different, so it is important to have a full carbon output audit performed to determine what needs to be changed and what kind of upgrades can help the most.
Enhance Your Current Production Process With Gough Econ
With the ever-changing manufacturing world, the last position you want to find yourself in is left behind. It doesn’t matter if your business has been in operation for a hundred years or if you’re just celebrating your first anniversary. It is important to consider how current quality trends in manufacturing can help improve your business and its ability to produce a final product. Your competition is looking into these techniques, even if you’re not. So, if you want to learn more about some of these recent trends and discover which one will enhance your business, there’s never been a better time to give the team at Gough Econ a call than today.