Affordable Manufacturing

Advantages of Lean Manufacturing for Your Business

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Lean logistics is rapidly gaining popularity in today’s industries. This system provides a reliable and efficient method of identifying and doing away with all wasteful activities in a company’s supply chain for the purpose of improving the flow and speed of goods. In case you’re still on the fence about lean manufacturing’s benefits for your business, keep reading.

1. Improved quality

Most of the activities in a lean environment focus on improving quality. The more quality issues arise, the more problem-solving techniques come up. As a result, most of the recurring problems are solved and the final user enjoys the best quality.

2. Increased efficiency

A supply chain normally has many people who have to be efficient so that the final product is perfect. Lean manufacturing creates balance in the organization, helping each person to work at his or her best. Standardization in the job makes sure all workers repeat the same method for the same process. This repeatability leads to efficiency.

3. Reduced manpower

One of the main benefits of lean manufacturing is the fact that you require a smaller workforce to do the same amount of work. Due to an improvement in efficiency, doing even a complex job with fewer people becomes possible. Lean manufacturing ensures that you can use the excess workforce to do something different, like expanding your business.

4. Whole-industry application

The purpose of lean manufacturing is to make sure that everyone on the supply chain gets involved in one way or another. By doing this, each worker in your company can feel the importance of working as a team.

5. More space to maneuver

The waste reduction process helps in creating more space in your organization. Once you have enough space, you can be able to arrange all your things properly. A workspace that is properly arranged saves time and losing things becomes much more difficult.

6. Enhanced problem solving

Lean manufacturing is important to any industry because it forces you to tackle all your problems head-on and solve all of them. All problems can receive the level of attention they require and are solved on time.

7. Safer work environment

Visual management and 5S are helpful tools that alert you to things that are out of place in your space. The moment all the unnecessary things in a workplace are removed, the place becomes more organized and presentable. Your workforce will surely be safe in an organized environment.

 

Now that you have seen some of the advantages of lean manufacturing, it is time to invest in it. Find out today why Conelec is one of the most rapidly growing manufacturers in the US!

Can Electronic Manufacturing Be Affordable in the United States?

by Conelec Team Conelec Team No Comments

For most companies, and most headlines, it has become trendy to look overseas to produce affordable products. The perception being that you can’t create a product in the States at an affordable rate or match the production capabilities of say, China. Conelec is out to prove that you can create an affordable product Stateside and not only match quality, but exceed it. 

But Why the United States?

Lower energy costs, increased productivity and automation, growing domestic markets, and shorter supply chains are shifting trends. Not to mention producing your product in the States generally makes it easier to walk the factory floor, watch the manufacturing process and inspect quality on each run. For example, with Conelec, our managers are always available to discuss your products. Customer service is key and because to us, everything matters.

Shorter Supply Chains

There’s a lot of factors that generally assumed when manufacturing overseas – one of those is supply chains. The added cost of shipping, tariffs and of course, the duties all add to the bottom-line. Extra factors such as managing those complex and lengthy supply chains for those overseas companies – is, to put it lightly, difficult. 

The path of least resistance makes sense, when your product is new. There’s always issues that come up – which can be design or component issues – say a possible defect? US companies can get products in consumers’ hands quicker. You can get replenished stocks quicker. You can make design changes quicker. Don’t just rate labor rates – make sure your analysis factors in worker productivity, transit costs, logistical issues, time-to-market and other expenses that you may have in certain scenarios. 

One Takeaway

Deciding where to manufacture your products depends on a multitude of factors. But assuming China is the cheapest and most effective manufacturing solution is an antiquated approach to operating a business today. If there’s one takeaway I want readers to get out of this article, it is this: Do your research and question everything you think you know about manufacturing, especially for new and small business.