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Production line monitoring drives up productivity

Production line monitoring drives up productivity Production line monitoring is a very interesting study; the advantages go way beyond the obvious especially where human input is required in some way to keep the production process running. Time and time again after installing a live production monitoring system, the production output increases by more than 25% and even up to double the previous output. Why is this?

Let's try to put aside the Big Brother notion, that it is simply that production line staff work harder when they know that a manager can see how each individual in the production line is performing. What's really important is that production line staff begin to suggest ways to improve efficiency, and they point out problems that are slowing production. If you pt up big screens showing performance and efficiency figures for different lines, far from driving any resentment this actually tends to drive up enthusiasm and competitiveness.

As part of the 'Made in Britain' drive for increased UK manufacturing, production line monitoring is a very simple and low cost starting point. It gives both the operator and the management essential feedback. You can monitor inputs of all types from all around the production line or factory environment and have the results displayed in customised graphical format on screens in the production area or in remote locations. You can track trends and accurately monitor almost any feature of your production process. Data logging is also very useful part of a production line monitoring system for subsequent analysis to help identify bottlenecks or trends in the production process.

Once installed production line monitoring gives a huge portfolio of advantages to all production staff and managers including instant fault reporting and diagnostics, and accurate production efficiency monitoring. Efficiency figures and data logged from the system can be used for staff bonuses which will again improve motivation, enthusiasm and competition.

For the best results and most effective monitoring systems it is advisable to get a professional company in, but you may feel you have the technical knowledge in-house to do it yourself. One company that is very experienced with production monitoring is Granta Pneumatics and Automation, which can point to many successful projects and is happy to come and do a free project appraisal.

To summarise, production line monitoring is really the best way to start if you are wanting to boost production efficiency. It enables you to analyse where your production line may be failing and it gives an excellent platform for incentivising staff to boost output.
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