30 minutes a day to increase your productivity

You know the old saying “Time waits for no one”?

When you’ve spent several decades in manufacturing operations as I have, it’s more like “What can I do to manage my priorities?”.

Thirty minutes to make a difference; improve my team’s productivity, streamline my team’s administrative and reporting duties, make the right improvements at the right time to make the biggest difference to the bottom line.

Where would you start?

Picture someone on the shop floor inputting data day in day out, verifying the information, printing things out, putting things up, chasing people who need information for the morning review or critical management meeting. This takes hours of precious management time, every day!

This data is then filtered – often by someone else in the team and used to produce graphs, reports, and action plans.

Lots of time spent by critical resources often using lots of paper and old legacy systems with each person delivering it in their own preferred way.

Now imagine what level of cooperation is needed within the team to ensure that this data is captured regularly, accurately, printed off, reported, stored and most importantly, acted upon.

Freeing up your operational and management resource via a tool that could provide a single point-of-view would seem like a very valuable option.

A productivity driver in one neat location

So, let’s look at how this could work.

Data inputted by the operator / supervisor for just a minute an hour on any compatible device – tablet, pc, laptop, phone; captured securely and analysed via simple software, reports created real time and automatically, providing clear visibility of costs and what actions need to be prioritised in order to improve productivity and performance.

What would you measure?

As well as looking at overall equipment effectiveness or OEE, the software would look at downtime analysis, drill down to individual lines or equipment as required to perform a root cause analysis and provide key financial data to show if your products lines or company is making money and where the losses are being generated.

So why 30 minutes?

A minute an hour = 24 minutes per day surely? Exactly. The extra six minutes are allocated to look at the reports and agree key actions. You might not even need these.

Double the benefits

The best bit is the number of Management hours freed up within your team to focus on value-adding activities instead of gathering and analysing data for weekly and monthly meetings.

For example:

A small to medium-sized manufacturing company currently spends 45 hours per week generating charts, reports, etc. (see below). In contrast, the POET system outlined above would take approximately 5 minutes, freeing up your team members’ time to spend on value-adding activities.