I'm sure it comes as no surprise
that finding skilled people to
work in your manufacturing facility is no simple task. But after finding them, and investing in the development of their abilities, what happens when one of them - an employee your company really needs - becomes a troublesome employee? This is among the trickiest situations a manager can face.
At first, monitoring the energy I use at my plant or the energy for each individual machine seemed trivial. Isn't this just an overhead cost I have to pay? I'm certainly not going to turn off a machine that costs too much to run
when I have to get a job out for that month. Then, I realized how much savings
there was for monitoring power consumption and the ROI was timely.
In manufacturing, we all know that
tracking statistics on your operation is
essential for understanding how you're
doing, as well as identifying areas for
improvement. But what does the efficiency
metric actually tell you?
It's the New Year, and with it
comes the opportunity to take
a fresh look at your business
objectives. Because business development
is such a vital part of running a
company, I'd like to present some guidelines I have found beneficial for securing new work and new customers.
Heat treating is a critical operation in gear manufacturing. It can make or break the quality of your final product. Yet it is one that frequently gear manufacturers outsource to someone else. Then the crucial question becomes, how do you know you're getting the right heat treater? How can you guarantee your end product when you have turned over this important process to someone else?
A fundamental characteristic of the gear industry is that it is capital intensive. In the last decade, the gear manufacturing industry has been undergoing an intense drive toward improving and modernizing its capital equipment base. The Department of Commerce reports that annual sales of gear cutting equipment have increased nearly 60% since 1990. While this effort has paid off in increased competitiveness for the American gear industry, it is important to remember that there is another capital crucial to manufacturing success - "human capital."