DETROIT – The busiest production lines get through huge piles of raw materials every day to create a large number of products during every minute of operation. You might think that this large number of items produced means a large chance of turning a profit as you have even more products to tell. The only problem that it’s wrong to assume every single product on that line will be sellable.
If your production line is working too fast, those products could become damaged, they could get the wrong amount of ingredients put in them, or they could be simply constructed too poorly to be able to sell to a customer. That’s why it’s important to invest in technology that will help increase the accuracy of your production line as well as the speed. Here are three ways technology can help you produce a much less wasteful production line.
Transporting products along the line
One of the most important parts of your production lines is one that often seems the most simple. As your product will probably have to go through a number of different pieces of equipment and a number of different processes until it’s complete, you’ll need to develop an effective way of getting these products from one machine to another. If your product gets damaged on the way, then it might be the case that it simply is unsellable when it gets to the end of the production line.
If the line fails to transport the products and they get jammed, you might have to even stop the whole line and throw away a large number of products to get the system back up and working again. To avoid this problem, make sure you work with conveyor companies that can develop precise and innovative custom conveyors for any purpose. Once these are installed, you’ll find the whole process runs a lot more smoothly, and you need a lot less human interference to keep the line running.
Getting measurements exactly correct
Another important thing to tackle when it comes to accuracy on your production line is the quantities and weights of the materials you’re using. For certain food items and especially when it comes to baking, even the smallest difference in the weights of certain ingredients could have a huge impact on the recipe and, ultimately the taste of every product. Make sure you invest in things like very precise digital scales and machines that dispense exactly the right amount of ingredients every time. Make sure you test these regularly; otherwise, you could find when it comes to a taste test that the products are unsellable.
Gathering “waste” for reuse
When you’re producing a product, you’ll likely produce a lot of offcuts, or a lot of ingredients will end up falling off the production line. Instead of simply sweeping these up and putting them in the bin, see if you can come up with an alternative use for them. Although they may no longer be used in production, certain food offcuts could be used in animal feed. Other materials could be recycled into packaging or other products.
James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.