Reduce or eliminate waste through training
Following along with my blog “Reliability is a green initiative”, I would like to talk about waste reduction by training. Waste is seen in many different forms in manufacturing, and many of these wastes can be reduced or eliminated through training.
Training is one of the first costs to be dumped off to get the quick reduction in costs to improve the bottom line in tough times. Ask anyone including those who are making those cuts about how important training is and they will all say it is critical to the success of the business. That is because training has just more than the direct impact to knowing how to do the job; it also trains on efficiency, quality and stewardship. These extra items are not necessarily taught directly but through the experience of the trainers on how to do it right and with the least amount of materials.
Where the reliability really comes into the training is in the quality of the work. Both corrective and preventive maintenance can be performed to varying degrees, from quick fixes to what I call high-quality repairs. That is the difference of getting your transmission in your car rebuilt to the one-year warranty version or lifetime warranty version. The parts are usually a better quality and have longer durability.
Now I am not saying that every repair needs to be the high-quality repair. What I am saying is that training helps teach the difference and application of the different levels or maintenance and when to employ them, giving the company the biggest bang for the buck by possibly reducing future repairs or rework. Stewardship is also affected by this because then the technician is learning to make the best choices for the reliability of the equipment and, therefore, employing the best interest of the company.
There are numerous other benefits from being more reliability conscious. If you would like to share some of these, please feel free to join in.
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