Cost is an inevitable part of any business. “It takes money to make money,” the old business adage says. Even so, every dollar you must spend to make your products happen is a dollar taken out of your business’s bottom line, so cutting costs is essential.
This can be challenging in an industry like the manufacturing industry, which requires heavy machinery and a good deal of raw materials. However, with these tips and tricks to save money in your manufacturing plant, you can help increase your profit by decreasing your costs.
Practice Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing is an idea that has been around for some time, but not every business embraces its ideals. The idea surrounds reducing the amount of time and resources used to create your product. A few practices associated with lean manufacturing include:
- Only producing the number of goods you think you’ll sell
- Eliminating dead inventory
- Not overprocessing goods
- Reducing travel time from one point to another
Emphasize Employee Retention
Lean manufacturing focuses on reducing waste in a company to reduce manufacturing costs. However, material isn’t the only thing you can waste. You can waste human talent and potential, leading to high turnover rates.
This cost isn’t merely metaphorical. Hiring new employees can become expensive between the cost of putting out an ad and bringing the employee through the training process. This doesn’t even include the reduced productivity in your plant as you wait to hire someone new. If you focus on making employees feel welcomed and satisfied at their jobs, it will cost you less in the long run.
Perform Preventative Maintenance
Few things cost a company more than equipment downtime. Whenever machinery goes down, production crawls to almost a halt. The company has to pay for repairs, and even morale suffers, as employees don’t have the tools they need to complete the tasks assigned to them.
That’s why instituting a preventative maintenance plan is essential. Doing so will help businesses become aware of smaller issues and remedy them before they become larger, costlier problems.
Pro Tip: Be Cautious About Repairs
Simply having your own employees work on machinery can seem like a simple way to save money. However, this is only true if your employees are experienced in that task. Otherwise, you may have someone doing repairs on a CNC machine make a mistake replacing their spindle drive, costing the business even more.