How to limit contact between workers in your manufacturing business, and how it can make you more efficient too

How to limit contact between workers in your manufacturing business, and how it can make you more efficient too

How to limit contact between workers in your manufacturing business, and how it can make you more efficient too

As the lockdown is relaxed and we move towards a new normal of social distancing measures, the DataOPS team have been busy having conversations with lots of businesses, particularly in the manufacturing sector, who are looking to improve their efficiency during this time.

Reducing contact between members of staff, particularly in workshops, is also a big consideration as companies seek to digitally transform their business.

Following our recent conversations, we’ve put together our thoughts for how you can limit contact between workers in your manufacturing business, and how it can make you more efficient too.

Some simple ideas to implement immediately: 

Social distancing and regular hand washing will be vital as your team return to work. As the team at Breathe Print Management have highlighted, many businesses will need appropriate signage and products too, such as floor graphics and hand sanitiser stations.

Using a custom app to support each of the different stations within the workshop:

We’re currently working with a manufacturing client to implement a custom app that will support the different stations in their workshop. 

The custom app will mean that each station on the production line will have a checklist, with each team member being able to tick the items that have been completed. 

So what does a custom app mean for your manufacturing business?

1. Reducing the potential for errors:

With a custom app, when a product appears in each station the relevant member of staff will be able to isolate potential issues within the manufacturing process and will have a specific number of tasks to tick off their list before it is handed over to the next station.

This will provide an additional ‘check-in’ before items leave the stations so that things aren’t missed.

2. Less physical interaction:

When you’re using a custom app it means that as soon as the product arrives at their station, your workshop staff will know about it because it will appear on their screen ready for them to start their work. 

There will be no need for them to get up and ask other members of staff for components or to move around the factory.

It also means that your staff will be able to reorder things from their station, such as items from the inventory, without the need to go to the office and speak to the office manager.

3. More efficient management:

A custom app will highlight if jobs are running on time or if there are issues within the manufacturing process. 

This supports other teams within the business, including customer service and sales teams, who will be arranging for collections and installations.

It will also track how efficient your workshop is and identify any potential bottlenecks or other issues that might be reducing productivity, which will feed into decision making at managerial level.

4. More informed business decisions:

With a custom app, you’re able to scrutinise the data from your workshop, as well as from your wider business processes, to understand where you might be able to make improvements and increase productivity.

It could, for example, help you make more informed decisions about what to buy and when. 

At Data OPS we focus on improving your productivity, and increasing your profitability, using bespoke software. 

Our team have more than 15 years of experience in the software development industry and use Claris FileMaker, the leading workplace innovation platform, to build custom applications to automate your business processes.

To find out more about this, and any other ways we could support your business, please contact our Workplace Innovation Specialists at Data OPS on hello@dataops.co.uk