From manufacturing plants to healthcare facilities, boosting efficiency is a goal for virtually all organizations. Efficiency is more than just upping production, it’s about the quality and effectiveness of work being done. It’s defined as “the ability to do something or produce something without wasting materials, time or energy,” and manufacturing efficiency is typically expressed by a percentage.
To reach the ideal efficiency of 100%, organizations may have to look at reorganizing the way they work and how they’re investing in employees. In this informational hub, we cover many facets of facility efficiency:
- Lean Manufacturing: As the holy grail of facility efficiency, Lean strategies, like 5S, total productive maintenance, Jidoka, etc., are designed to improve efficiency by reducing waste.
- Safety: A safe workplace is an efficient workplace. Having an effective workplace safety strategy can reduce time lost for injury and illness and boost employee morale, in turn improving both efficiency and productivity.
- Six Sigma: Efficiency hinders on quality and so does the quality management methodology Six Sigma. Six Sigma achieves quality through improving processes and reducing variance.
Boosting efficiency is best done with a continuous improvement mindset – identifying, reducing, and eliminating suboptimal processes. It is important to remember, there is always room for improvement. The Lean manufacturing approach is Kaizen, a concept stating that small, everyday changes will add up to big improvements over time.
Below you will find our best resources for improving facility efficiency. From revamping safety programs to investing in visual communication, Creative Safety Supply is here to help organizations maximize effectiveness
Facility Efficiency Articles
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