Continuous Process Improvement in Manufacturing

Achieve Operational Excellence

Every business should be driven to be better. Provide better, faster, cheaper service to their customers while reducing costs and increasing ROI. But without efficiency, none of these goals can be met.

The primary byproduct of organizational challenges is waste: increased costs, decreased profits, and poor customer experience. If businesses don’t strive to overcome mistakes in efficiency, they risk falling behind. And if chasing down signatures while waiting for approvals is the norm, that fate is inevitable.

But you need more than streamlined processes to achieve operational excellence. You need custom solutions that foster a culture of continuous improvement. Getting the right information to the right people at the right time is what sets successful businesses apart.

With continuous process improvement, your business stands a chance at achieving operational excellence.

Quickly Scale the Right Solution

In an ideal world, business process improvement is a streamlined and efficient process. One of your employees has an idea that would benefit their workflow efficiency. He submits his idea to your process improvement team. And they implement it and track its effectiveness in real-time.

That’s how it should be. But it often doesn’t happen like that. Usually, you hear about the issue after there’s a problem that results in waste. And fixing it takes more time and resources than necessary.

This ideal world can only be achieved through continuous process improvement. It’s a better way to streamline development. With the combined efforts of every employee, the effective improvement of their workflows becomes the core principle of business: innovation.

Continuous process improvement across your entire manufacturing organization is the only way you can stay competitive in this digital age. It’s not enough to “go digital.” Your organization needs to be digital.

But to do that, you need real-time insight into your business processes so you can find bottlenecks and implement solutions. And you need to track KPIs and ROI to ensure new measures are effective. And that can’t happen through the use of spreadsheets and manually handling data on multiple platforms.

If your organization is going to improve daily, you need a one-stop-shop that connects all your systems. And you need all your information in one place so you can better track inventory, team performance, supplier status, corrective actions, and countless other critical processes.

Maximize Resource Utilization

Most companies still use inefficient and outdated methods for the most basic tasks. A machine breakdown and part replacement, for example, can require phone calls, emails, Microsoft Access, spreadsheets. Switching between those platforms, transferring data, and notifying team members takes time. Waste, that could have easily been avoided with a streamlined digital system.

But the inefficiencies don’t stop there. The difficulty in tracking these methods effects future improvement attempts. Information silos prevent departments from sharing information company-wide that could reduce your future rework costs. That’s more waste. Waste that costs the company time and money.

Your organization needs to be able to identify an issue, resolve it, and apply the results to other scenarios where the same problem occurs. Without barriers. Without errors. And in real-time.

When you have that kind of strategic ecosystem in place, your team members can focus on strategic improvements instead of reactive measures every time an issue or waste pops up. That is the core of continuous process improvement.

Enhance Visibility and Accountability

Transparency is a key component of process improvement. Effective communication between team members can create a positive and pro-active work environment while benefitting the company as a whole. But successfully communicating plans, requests, notifications, and updates is not as easy as it sounds.

You need to establish a common and customized system in your business. Avoiding informational silos while enhancing visibility and transparency are the main concerns in this process.

If successful, this transformation will not only affect internal workflows. Better organization within your business means more resources can be directed towards customer experience. Their happiness and satisfaction will drive profits and ROI.

Improve Customer Experience

The primary motivation for improving your business internally should be to benefit your customers.

With streamlined processes, enhanced visibility, and minimized waste save businesses time and money. Time that could be spent looking after customers. Money that could be invested in their comfort and service. By securing and maintaining a loyal customer base, companies have a better chance of scaling their enterprise.

Continuous process improvement is a cycle. Report an issue, improve, evaluate, look for other improvements. It’s a system that works to eliminate waste and maximize ROI. But it also creates an opportunity for businesses to focus on their businesses as a whole. Find innovation and technology that could benefit their customers. Adapting to new inventions and become industry leaders. Small steps in the right direction through process improvement can lead to company-wide changes.

Adapt or die

Lean manufacturing processes must become a strategic priority if you want your company to stay competitive. Without eliminating waste that increases costs, decreases productivity, and decreases efficiency you won’t be able to compete with other leading manufacturers.

The key to maximizing resource utilization is through automating key processes. By centralizing data and aggregating insights via dashboards, you can reduce waste and save time that would otherwise be spent transcribing information from paper, pencil, and spreadsheets.

With a low-code platform like Quick Base, you can implement lean initiatives throughout your manufacturing company with capabilities like defect tracking, inventory management, and people, skills, and training management. Tasks that previously spanned 10 hours over 3 days and reduce it to 2 hours over a single afternoon.

Quick Base also provides leverage through continuous improvement by identifying the root causes of waste and managing projects to implement the countermeasures. It allows you to continually perfect your unique business processes. The result is a continuous improvement culture that regularly looks for ways to improve crucial processes.

See how Quick Base can work best for your manufacturing organization by contacting Quandary Consulting Group. We’re Quick Base partners with a 100% adoption rate for our process improvement solutions.

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