To get the most out of your printing operation, you need to account for many factors, including lighting, adequate compressed air supply, controlled temperature and humidity, quality consumables, etc. Everything of value in your operation must be put in place, maintained, serviced and supplied. One factor often overlooked is the operator, and more pertinent to this discussion, operator ergonomics.
An operator who exerts as little energy as possible per print cycle and who has everything needed to complete the assignment within the production cell will deliver consistent and predictable productivity throughout the shift. Additionally, job satisfaction and, most importantly, safety will impact your company’s throughput and profit. Never dispute the value of a happy employee.
When designing your operator’s production cell, keep in mind the following to improve working conditions:
- The distance / height of reach for an item
- Comfortable seating
- Proper floor mats, also known as anti-fatigue mats.
- Temperature and humidity control in the work environment including heat exhaust from nearby heaters or dryers.
- Rotations within shifts. This prevents repetitive stress disorders and boredom. It also ensures crew flexibility and increases the employee’s perception of value to the operation, putting the emphasis on the importance of production.
- The right tool for the right job. Avoid cheap multi-tools with every hex-key ever made. Our pad printing equipment should not require the use of more than 4 hex-keys.
As mentioned above, safety will most definitely impact your bottom line. OSHA provides an interactive program on their website called $afety Pays to help determine the financial impact of injuries. This number can be used when calculating ROI of safety equipment.
- Always hang cables and hoses from the ceiling; never lay them on the ground.
- Wear gloves, goggles, and aprons.
- Do not disable safety features on machines. They are installed for a reason.
- Keep pallets out of the way. If possible, keep pallets out of the production area completely. Moving an empty pallet around creates extra work and aching backs.
- Fixtures should be designed carefully to ensure fingers stay out of way of the pad.
- Take the time to properly train every production member on how to lift with their knees. On-the-job training means it is a requirement of the job.
Try always to be proactive instead of reactive. For example, instead of requesting or preparing ink during the changeover time, someone should have the ink ready for the operator before the job begins. Any way you can keep the printer printing will improve your up-time.
- Keep all thinners and other supplies available at the production cell.
- Keep a supply of cleaning materials at the production cell.
- Use outside help for non-printing tasks, like handling boxes, proofing jobs, work orders, removing pallets, etc.
- Printing can be a bottleneck. Exploit it by keeping the printer printing.
A happy employee is a productive employee. Think about it. If your employees are frustrated about working conditions, they are distracted from their job.
- The less your operator deals with job frustrations and physical fatigue, the more printing cycles will take place.
- Removing frustrations and dangers from your operator allows more commitment to quality, service, and exceeding production goals, resulting in …
- The best print environment ever!
PPMOVT’s Sales Engineers are really smart! Why not use them? They’ll help you figure out the holes in your operation and recommend ways to plug up productivity drains. Call us at 1-800-272-7764, or use Live Chat on our Home page https://www.padprintmachinery.com
Then we can add your business to the list of best print environments ever!