Extraction Systems: Manufacturing Process Improvement

Regardless of the products you produce, reaching output goals is essential to maintain cost-efficient operations in the manufacturing industry. Finding ways to increase manufacturing efficiency, while retaining a safe working environment, can be challenging, especially if your business already seems to be running at full capacity.

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However, in every factory, there’s always room for improvement, as it’s crucial to produce the goods as quickly as possible, for the lowest costs, while also reducing energy use and raw materials. Efficiency relates to the effectiveness and quality of your factory’s production processes, rather than just the number of products you make each day.

Manufacturing process improvement takes time and effort and should include an analysis of business practices.


Investment in technology

If your business is using outdated technology, you’ll never operate at the highest efficiency levels in the future. Investment in the most up-to-date equipment, including tools to increase automation, can help maximise efficiency. Anything that can reduce repetitive, time-consuming, manual jobs can also help you to make the most of your employees’ time.

Once you have the latest equipment installed, take care of it to avoid breakdowns by practicing preventative maintenance. Install software to monitor your machinery, keeping track of its performance and any potential issues.


Dust extraction system

Using the appropriate dust and fume extraction system can reduce downtime and achieve manufacturing efficiency, while creating a safer working environment. Investing in technology means installing a reliable extraction system to help keep production lines running smoothly by preventing equipment failures and reducing maintenance needs.

The main purpose is to ensure employees are never exposed to harmful dust and fumes that can create long-term health hazards. However, failing to have the appropriate extraction system in place can also damage equipment, lower the quality of the end product and reduce productivity.

An extraction system removes waste products from the manufacturing process by extracting contaminated particles, filtering the air and returning it safely to the environment.


Choosing an extraction system

Various types of fans and filters are available, such as downdraught benches for individual use, or air cleaning systems for atmospheric dust issues from nearby processes. Each offers advantages for the many different applications in the manufacturing sector.

Choosing the appropriate design for the specific application is vital, as there are various types of extraction systems. For example, they offer choices of filtration speeds, filter media and fan sizes for the wide range of materials used in manufacturing.

Poorly designed equipment can lead to media saturation, blockages and dust capture issues, so it’s vital to choose the relevant extractor for your industry. If something goes wrong due to having low quality or poorly maintained equipment, this will lead to downtime while the fault is repaired, hampering your business’s efficiency and impacting production.


Train team members

Training team members to use the equipment effectively and safely is another important part of improving manufacturing processes. Sessions can involve many different topics; safety training is mandatory, and employees will need to learn new skills to operate the machinery.

In high-risk environments, such as working with hazardous dust or fumes, safety training is particularly important. It doesn’t just mean organising an initial induction session for new recruits: it involves ongoing training for existing employees to keep them up to speed with new developments.

Without training, in addition to the safety risks, there’s a greater likelihood the workers will feel undervalued and less engaged. This means a higher staff turnover may occur. In a recent survey of UK employees, published by People Management, two-thirds said they would seriously consider quitting a job where there was a lack of workplace training.

When you examine your approach to managing a production facility to help things run more efficiently, you won’t need to worry about workflow problems, labour issues or unscheduled downtime.

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