Why manufacturing projects aren’t often completed on time
In addition to price and quality, a die manufacturer is evaluated based largely on its delivery time. Unfortunately, missed delivery deadlines aren’t uncommon: One in four orders are delivered as agreed, I was surprised to learn from a study by the Werkzeugbauakademie Aachen. What’s slowing down your processes? I'd like to share some possible causes based on my experience. I also recommend our webinar, where we show you how you in great detail how you can reduce throughput timeby combining CAD/CAM software and manufacturing planning.
Slow processes: small causes, big effects
The strengths of your die and mold manufacturing are its unique and sophisticated processes. It takes a lot of skill to manage all the various factors like external suppliers and internal work steps so that everything comes together on schedule. However, short-term change requests often disrupt established processes. An absent employee or an idle machine requires short-term rescheduling. These remedies are usually improvised, because employees are caught unprepared. Even more can go wrong in the stress of the moment. Delays are frequently followed by the need to juggle subsequent projects.
Causes in the shop:
Checked NC programs aren´t available on time.
⇒ Machine operators must wait.
Tip: Emphasize automation and simulation methods.
Employees work with outdated data and plans.
⇒ It takes a lot of time to fix the errors. Tip: Work in a networked real-time system.
The right tools and parts are frequently unavailable on site.
⇒ The entire manufacturing project grinds to a halt. Tip: Combine planning and logistics management with your CAM software.
No notification of delays in the process.
⇒ Subsequent stations have to wait or improvise. Tip: Work with automated notification and release management.
Orders aren’t generated on time.
⇒ Manufacturing has to wait due to empty storage shelves. Tip: Combine purchasing and manufacturing planning in an interface.
My tip for you:
Unnecessary delays can easily result not just in the shop but also in project organization and planning. It’s a good idea to get a handle on your manufacturing using a comprehensive planning tool. Precise manufacturing planning combined with safe CAD/CAM processes is critical. This helps you stay calm even when there are sudden changes: Not only do you have the full overview, but also have systematic software support if the need for fast rescheduling arises. Our ProLeiS MES can be fully integrated into your software landscape – from CAD/CAM software to ERP.
Webinar: Networked and automated From manufacturing planning to NC programming
Reliable NC programming in Tebis CAD/CAM software combined with automated manufacturing planning in ProLeiS MES simplifies the on-time delivery of your manufacturing projects. How exactly does it work?
In this webinar, our MES specialist Thomas Ebinger and CAM expert Ingo Vincon show you exactly how it works with an sample component – live in the software.
As a trained technical drafting expert, I’ve worked in manufacturing planning for a long time. At Tebis, I'm now in direct contact with customers, users, and interested parties. I follow key influencers like professional industry associations on social media and moderate webinars. My contacts provide me with exciting new information about the industry every day, which I share in my blog entries. My LinkedIn profile