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How Should a Plastic Workshop Look?
What is the best way to keep the plastic processing workshop in the best shape? What should be kept where? How much space do we need to give each injection or extrusion machine? All those are pervasive questions for any entrepreneur or a small business owner.
I’ve spent a few years working in the plastic industry and spent a considerable amount of time in small and large plastic manufacturing workshops with machines, employees, heavy material bags, and huge mechanical stairs to pour materials inside bigger machines. I’ve seen it all, and I think that makes me qualified for answering all those above questions.
How to Keep your Workshop in Shape?
Always look around you. Stand in the middle of your workshop, have a nice look at whatever you see around, and you will literally find all your answers. Yes, it’s that easy. Cleanliness and tidiness are a priority for the proper functioning of the machinery, employees’ well-being, for getting around the space easily, and most importantly, finding handy things (screwdrivers, towels, machine oil, machine coolants, etc.) when they’re actually needed.
Machines, whether they’re injection or extrusion or rotational, or anything else, are big and bulky. Keeping them within at least a 20 meters space would be advisable to move around it and work on it easily. If you a fairly bigger workshop with more machines, just like the picture above, then taking care of the “congestion” thing becomes more important.
If you have a more dominant manual labor work tan keeping large size tables within a safe distance from the machine will make your employee’s job easier, thereby importing the overall productivity, lowering wastage, and faster product cycle management.
What Should be Kept Where?
Talking about machines again, they should always be kept in sideways, leaving the middle space empty. It will help in maximizing the use of space and moving around the workshop more seamlessly.
Just look at the picture above; you can see the space in the center is empty. Still, not perfect, in my opinion, more space should be given to employees to move around which will make them feel comfortable and less congested within workshop premises.
Having an additional storeroom would be crucial for storing unimportant or things not used frequently in the workshop. Separate storerooms for different products manufactured at your workshop can make markings and counting of inventory leaner.
How to Maximize Production?
Now, that’s the most important question. Maximizing production completely depends on your working strategy. Along with all the obvious things like inventory, employees, material costs, input costs, etc., the most common thing people tend to oversee is using your workshop’s space for your advantage.
Filling the space with machines and tools is not necessarily the best way to utilize it; utilizing is about doing more with less. Stacking should be avoided because it will do more harm than good and jeopardize your operations in more than one way.
That was my brief insight n keeping the plastic workshop tidy and in good shape. I want to add that always remember to observe all the day-to-day activities within your workshop. That alone can help you figure out a hundred different things that I or no else can teach you.