Manufacturing Productivity

Industrial productivity is not at the end of its rope

Management renewal and regular changes in the manufacturing environment create the recurring need to review manufacturing productivity.

Increasing manufacturing productivity requires the implementation and simultaneous activation of three major levers:

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  • Renewal of productivity initiatives
  • Optimization of cross-functional processes
  • Mobilization and professionalization of human resources

Implementing the first lever involves carrying out an initial review of the maturity of the teams concerned. (How are ongoing initiatives progressing? Have basic productivity initiatives been implemented? What is the potential to create and then follow a specific action plan?)

A shared portfolio of initiatives should then be implemented, based on on-the-ground observations, benchmarks, and creative exercises (challenges, letterboxes, Hoshin projects, etc.). Effective management of this portfolio (prioritizing, defining resources and opportunities, cascading to the plant floor, implementation support, and a monitoring dashboard) will guarantee the successful implementation of the initiative and the materialization of productivity gains.

Cross-functional processes include support processes (ergonomics, quality control, new resources, etc.), which sometimes over-consume resources. Hence support functions (Quality, Methods, etc.) will be able to contribute to productivity initiatives. The same goes for collaborative processes, such as planning/sequencing and maintenance organization, which also have an impact on performance. This means it is crucial for action plans to be managed by the Plant Management.

The mobilization and review of recognition systems must support operators' engagement in productivity initiatives. The development of skills, particularly those of middle management (definition and management of action plan, coordination of a Kaizen workshop, etc.), will help to ensure the sustainability of these initiatives in the long term.

How can Argon Consulting help you?

  • Performing the initial maturity diagnostic (maturity grid, benchmarking, etc.)
  • Identifying productivity initiatives (ergonomics, organization of labor and workplace, optimization of ranges, balancing, etc.)
  • Organizing creativity initiatives
  • Developing a shared portfolio of improvement projects
  • Defining, setting up and monitoring a specific dashboard
  • Mapping cross-functional processes, identifying areas for improvement and defining target processes
  • Monitoring and managing productivity initiatives
  • Deploying the transformation program and managing change as required (communication, support, training, cultural and behavioral change, development of skills, etc.)

 

 

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