Attracting customers for a small-scale business is difficult. Owners have to invest a lot of effort while running a new business. Once the manufacturing begins, keep the process intact and bring the desired outcome is important to retain the customers, if failed, it might damage the reputation and can cause severe downfall financially. Businesses can avoid such pitfalls from happening by adopting good practices and efficient processes. Here a few tips for manufacturing sectors to be successful:
Quality = Documentation. Documentation is the primary key to success. All quality standards highly emphasize documents from A to Z in the manufacturing process. Before beginning to manufacture, spend some time on documentation like router sheet, setup sheet, first article inspection would protect a lot of resources from going to waste. A lot of manufacturers don't emphasize much on documentation, since it doesn’t directly contribute to the end part. But proper documentation helps to generate useful stats, that can show the company’s performance and guides the way to growth. That is just one way of utilizing it.
Conducting regular meetings is an important tool to empower a company. Meetings serve a lot of purposes like planning, solving problems, making decisions, etc. It also promotes enthusiasm and provides a sense of direction to the employees. Meetings have to be divided into several categories based on department goals. Although small businesses may not have many employers, engaging with all of them every day can make a huge difference in growth and productivity, it also helps the younger generation to have a sense of purpose in work. Sometimes meetings can become a blame game for the time passer and there may not be any conclusion. Hence the minutes of the meeting is equally important as conducting.
The small-scale manufacturers have to take full advantage of their resources without losing efficiency. Lean tools like 5S(sort, shine, shine, standardize, sustain), Kaizen, Muda, Gempa helps manufacturers to distinguish between value and waste. Adopting lean thinking can help individuals, as well as companies thinking, lean thinking from the beginning, is easier to establish and profitable in the long-term.