Blog: Today's Optimized Facility
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Advancements in plant and manufacturing facilities offer managers an array of solutions for top performance. Optimizing facility operations requires keeping up with smart storage concepts, productive lift trucks, enhanced data collection, operator proficiency and best practices for material flow. It’s all about how to run better and manage smarter. This blog explores dynamic solutions and unique challenges facing today’s facilities managers.
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June 14 marked National Forklift Safety Day, drawing attention to the importance of training programs and their necessity for successful operations. The most successful operations keep the attention on training year-round. Robust operator training can go beyond National Forklift Safety Day, improving operational efficiency and profitability in manufacturing plants and warehouses.
Dunn & Bradstreet reports that more than half of all Fortune 500 companies experience at least 1.6 hours of downtime each week, costing each company approximately $46 million in lost productivity annually. The costly implications of downtime underscore the importance of ensuring that operations run as efficiently as possible.
If your goal is optimizing lead times, quality, cost and delivery, a proactive supply chain is mandatory. With this approach to supply chain management, you’re better able to find opportunities to remove and shorten steps, as well as identify needs earlier, ultimately leading to more predictable results and increased margins.
Earlier this month, we celebrated National Manufacturing Day.
Manufacturing has been an important part of our country’s economy for nearly three centuries. Now, although the work is still demanding, technology has shifted the way manufacturing companies operate.
As a facility manager, you are responsible for maintaining a large building buzzing with activity, which may include refrigeration, conveyor applications, automation, and even a fleet of material handling equipment (MHE). MHE can get backed up for a variety of reasons, and when it does, the operations manager soon will ask when you expect the equipment to be back to production.
If you ask anyone outside the material handling industry to describe a lift truck, he or she will probably describe a classic counterbalanced lift truck: four wheels, a massive body behind a mast and forks, and a seat like a lawn tractor.