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Productivity Improvement

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Searching for improvements in equipment / machinery utilzation and efficiency

Here is a checklist of common causes of waste in organizations based around common causes of excessive cost relating to to machine efficiency and utilization. Apply your job knowledge, together with this checklist to make a difference over time. Build this checklist into your team building activties to make an improvement to productivity, and therefore job security, in your organization.

TIP: Measure the before and after effect wherever possible. That is, you should attempt to quantify each cause of waste you attack, in terms of money, time and material. This way you can objectively assess the difference you have made.

Causes of poor equipment / machinery utilzation and or efficiency

  • Failure to plan work so that effective and efficient utlization is made of all available machinery
  • Failure to inspect machinery to keep it in good condition and to prevent breakdown
  • Foreman's lack of knowledge on possible use and capacity of machines
  • Failure to make regular examination of wire ropes, belts, chain drives, gear drives, conveyors, lubrication systems, valves etc
  • Using unnecessary large and powerful machine for small work
  • Lack of cooperation with maintenance department; upkeep, repairs, painting etc.
  • Not protecting idle machinery from weather, dust, dirt, rust, fumes etc
  • Allowing machinery to stay dirty by lack of periodic cleaning
  • Failure to inspect for proper lubrication of all moving parts
  • Failure to make needed repairs promptly
  • Lack of instruction to employees on the proper operation of machinery
  • Lack of proper discipline to prevent abuse of machinery and equipment
  • Allowing employees to make "shoestring" repairs
  • Failure by the foreman to keep informed on the latest technology
  • Failure to pay attention to workers opinions on value and condition of machinery.
  • Abusing small machines on large work
  • Repairing machinery that should be scrapped; may cost more than replacing
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