It’s no secret that efficient production lines are typically more profitable ones. But this is only the case when businesses find a way to streamline processes and preserve the quality of products as they’re handled. After all, damaged products cost manufacturers millions of dollars every day, from material that goes to waste to the cost of replacing products to delayed production times.
That’s where the right production tools come into the picture. As we’ll showcase with production tools we helped create for a manufacturer handling the most sensitive of products — medical implants — you can improve production line efficiency and stay confident about product quality.
Let’s begin this discussion with the quality side of the equation.
Minimizing Mishaps on the Production Floor
Like most products, medical implants experience quite a bit of movement on the production floor, from transitions between manufacturing steps to handling after manufacturing is complete. But due to their highly sensitive nature, scratches or debris that may only affect the appearance of some products, or can be easily removed, lead to grave safety concerns for medical implants. Once incorporated into the body, medical implants with scratched surfaces or debris can attract bacteria that adhere to it and causes the onset of inflammation and infectious diseases.
To maintain precision at every step of the manufacturing process, we worked with the medical manufacturer to develop custom foam trays to transport the implants. While the material used in the trays avoided abrasion to the medical implants, the trays themselves eliminated the need for human touch and, in turn, prevented imperfections.
Color Coding Tools to Improve Production Line Efficiency
From a distance, many products (medical implants included) can appear the same while coming down a production line. This lack of differentiation can create extra work for personnel who have to sort through individual products to determine exactly how much inventory they have on-hand. While this step is critical to avoiding product shortages and preventing unnecessary inventory, the manual nature of these product checks detracts from an efficient production line.
In an effort to improve production line efficiency, we color-coded the custom trays we created for the medical manufacturer — with designated colors for small, medium and large implants. That way, personnel could easily see from a glance which types of implants were on the production line and use that information to streamline inventory management.
Let Us Know How We Can Improve Your Production Line
As a designer and manufacturer of custom cases, Cases By Source is experienced in helping businesses optimize the transport of products, both outside and inside the warehouse. In this example, we shared how we developed production tools to increase production and reduce downtime for one manufacturer while improving the process for quality control as well. And we’re always looking for opportunities to help other businesses do the same.
Interested in talking to us about your production line processes? We’d love to hear from you. The first step is to request a consultation.