5 Ways to Reduce Downtime in Manufacturing Companies

Operation termination is a common thing in manufacturing companies, because manufacturing companies need to stop production and service activities to perform tools maintenance and upgrade existing machines to improve company performance in order to be better.

One of the bad effects that might occur when operation termination is unscheduled is downtime. The term downtime refers to the activity of service or system is not working at a given time. There are many factors that cause downtimes such as lack of maintenance, incorrect operation, damage in software and hardware.

Downtime sure can harm manufacturing companies ranging from millions to billions of rupiah. Therefore, it's a good idea to reduce downtime in the right ways. Here is a list of how to reduce downtime:

Risk Audit

The first way to reduce downtime is by applying a risk audit. Manufacturing companies will certainly experience a lot of losses if downtime often occurs. Therefore, you need to do a risk audit regularly. You can do a risk audit by identifying which equipment is outdated and needs to be replaced.

There are some old equipment that no longer have a spare part because there is no factory that produces it anymore. Therefore, you need to replace the old equipment with the new one. You can think of it as an investment. Furthermore, risk audits will predict the problems before they even occurred, so it will reduce downtime.

Install the Equipment Damage Detection Tool

The second way to reduce downtime is to install a damage detection device. In general, damaged equipment has a specific characteristic such as has a greater vibration, easy to overheat, the engine is noisy.

If the tools in your manufacturing company already met these three characteristics, it means that your equipment has been damaged or will be damaged. However, you do not need to worry because there is already a tool that can detect your damaged equipment with sophisticated sensors. Moreover, these sensors quite cheap and have a small size, so they are very easy to use.

Take Advantage of Your Data and Reporting System

Using a reporting system and utilizing data is one of the best ways to reduce downtime. Manufacturing companies can use data reporting systems through online dashboards such as ERP manufacturing system to save time and all parts of the company can access reports and data in real time.

As a result, you can find out the exact date or time when your machine will stop running because it is damaged and can identify which activities in the company are interrupted by the damage.

Train and Empower Your Employees

The other way to reduce downtime is by training employees of your manufacturing companies. Besides your equipment is broken, downtime can occur because the operator can’t operate it properly. Therefore, companies must conduct comprehensive training so that operators can have the ability to detect which engines that start to break.

In addition, besides having knowledge about how to run the machine, the operator needs to find out and overcome the small problems that occur in the machine.

Make a Maintenance Schedule

The most effective way to reduce downtime is by creating a Maintenance schedule. This includes periodic maintenance, hardware and software upgrades, and cleaning time. However, it turns out that many manufacturing companies did not apply to this activity. So, make sure your company needs to make a maintenance schedule because if the engine breaks suddenly, it will certainly cause downtime.

Well, those are 5 ways to reduce downtime in manufacturing companies. It is a good idea to find a strategic location and premium facilities for your manufacturing company.

One of the industrial areas that have a strategic location is Karawang New Industry City (KNIC). Located close to the capital city of Jakarta and has plenty of transportation access, make KNIC a suitable area for building warehouses and renting warehouses.

In addition, KNIC has 6 national infrastructure accesses such as the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road, Jabodetabek LRT, Trans Java lines, Jakarta-Bandung Railway, Kertajati International Airport, and Patimban port. KNIC is also supported by facilities such as premium electricity, natural gas, and fast internet connections to support the performance of manufacturing companies.

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