Last week, we talked about how manufacturing has been operating under a distributed work force model for as long as manufacturing has been around. Work progresses from one step to another and relies on everyone being just where they need to be. It is not often that one person completes all steps of production, so you begin to rely on separate areas of the plant or the work force to get the job done.
We covered the first question every person in a manufacturing plant needs to know: what am I supposed to be doing right now? We could go much deeper into that, exploring why the work is important or how to prioritize the day’s queue, but we are staying a bit broad on this. Quite frankly, if you don’t have the information readily available to answer the questions about what each person is supposed to be doing, there is no likelihood that you can tell them why or in what order they should progress.Read More