The processes of metalworking—whether measuring, shaping, or finishing—can take a long time, which can cut into workflow if done inefficiently. But you can mitigate any potential inefficiency by implementing some ways to increase productivity in your metal fabrication shop.
Pay attention to all facets of your business operation: from tools to employees and floor space usage. Any minor changes you make can have significant repercussions in the long run, whether positive or negative.
Look Into Employee Workflow
Many times, one of the quickest ways you can increase productivity in your metalworking shop is by observing how your employees work. Spend time monitoring how they do their job and what processes they use throughout the day to complete projects. Often, employees may have developed their own way of doing work, which does not necessarily equal efficiency. Pay attention to how they work and offer advice or critiques where you believe they can save time or improve their work.
Do Workers Need More Training?
Ideally, employees come into your business with a firm understanding of the industry. But there are times when you assume your workers know what they’re doing when they are ignorant of details and processes. Discover the shortcomings of your staff and work with them to sharpen their skills and advance their knowledge.
The State of Your Equipment
Your employees can only work as fast as your tools allow; if you give them faulty equipment, they will produce faulty products. Always stay on top of the maintenance schedule for your tools, whether they’re small measuring instruments like micrometers or heavy machinery like metal presses. Know the signs of aging equipment and take the necessary steps to service them as soon as you can.
Do You Have Everything You Need?
Besides ensuring the quality of equipment, you need to provide your workers with the right tools for the job. Fabrication involves many different tools for optimal success, and neglecting to purchase vital tools can have employees substituting other equipment.
Consult Your Staff About Company Issues
There are always problems you won’t see; sometimes, you need another perspective to understand how your business operates. Ask your employees what they believe holds them back or what you can do to improve their workflow; include them in the conversation when you’re looking to increase efficiency.