Managing the Manufacturing Shop Floor
Terrace Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd., In manufacturing, obtaining a better yield through controlling the process, process optimization, understanding and implementing new technologies, and providing training and motivation to the production floor personnel. Controlling the process : Process control is a tool which helps the manufacturer to run the process in such a way that results are as per the specifications. Process control is performed by:
- determining process control limits (using the process window)
- Monitoring process results (data collection)
- Analyzing the collected data, and
- Implementing corrective actions, if necessary
The manufacturing process consists of a number of steps, and for each manufacturing step there are process parameters with upper and lower control limits. The desired setting of machines and their tolerance can be derived out of this measurement. It is advisable to document and describe in detail all agreed specifications and determined process parameters. This document called 'process description' is an important document for controlling and optimizing the manufacturing process. After the individual process parameters have been determined and defined, the total production line needs to be set up according to the process description document.The most tangible aspect of process optimization is the balancing of cycle time of the manufacturing line. The process description also needs to be updated.
We are providing training and motivation to manufacturing personnel. Today, manufacturing equipment is very sophisticated. The person operating them should have a thorough knowledge of machines, their working principles, various parameters, the manufacturing process, materials and so on. Moreover, to use sophisticated equipments effectively, employees working on the production floor must be adequately trained. Unfortunately, some manufacturing organizations are ready to invest time and money in purchasing sophisticated equipment but not on training their personnel. It should be realized that training of the manpower is never an expenditure. It is an investment which brings quick returns. Skills and knowledge can never be acquired overnight through unorganized training, We are running many training program ideally in-house a and, if the expertise is not available, professional bodies/institutes may be contacted. The most important way to succeed in the CM (contract manufacturing) business is motivating and training the manpower. Technology and material-related issues can be resolved through a judicious use of resources, but producing quality product depends heavily on the training and motivation of people on the production floor.