And it’s off! The economy seems like it’s going to take off in 2017 with an unheard-of
The signs are in the news — Dow Jones breaking records, U.S.-based companies
deciding to keep their manufacturing in the country, deregulation promises for the energy industry, OPEC lowering production
to raise oil prices…and more. BUT, is your company poised to ramp up rapidly with the economy or your industry? When
well planned, four major factors, fundamental to Lean and operational excellence, could make the difference in whether you
lead the pack or stay behind.
The four factors are stable and capable:
Many organizations have
been forced to lay off employees that are vital to their business. Workers with core competencies are the key to being able
to come up to speed in a hurry. They have the knowledge, experience and work skills to get you up and running lickety-split.
If you have idled some of your equipment and tools, were shut-down
procedures followed and has it been maintained and ready for rapid restart? Equipment reliability is crucial to speeding up
and then being able to sustain operations productivity.
Many links in supply chains have lowered their inventory to bare-bones levels to conserve cash during the downturn. This,
in turn, means that the supply chain has to get their operations they have to get their operations up to speed to be able
to provide a steady, reliable stream of product to their customers.
To tie all three factors together, we need stable and capable standard methods and processes which are especially crucial
while ramping up with new employees and restarting idled equipment and suppliers.
From our experience, there are five things that will help you with a rapid ramp up:
Strategize ramp up considering all four factors
Verify processes and train
Ready equipment by engaging existing employees (TPM)
Resist influx of new hires to avoid the learning curve and instability
ramp-up strategy to suppliers and their suppliers