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How to Improve Your Shops Manufacturing Production Efficiency

Manufacturing Production Efficiency

In many cases, the efficiency of your shop hinges on your production machinery. Not only is it important to find machines that are appropriate for your specific manufacturing operations, but your bottom line will suffer if your equipment isn’t fast enough to meet demand. You'll also need to make sure to hire employees who know how to use each machine. There's a lot to keep in check when trying to strengthen your shop's manufacturing production efficiency, but the payoff will be well worth it in the end.

How to Improve Your Shops Manufacturing Production Efficiency

Improving Energy Efficiency

Although the all-electric press is still the most efficient of the standard market options, there are still some steps you can take to heighten your operational efficiency.

  • Insulate the barrel. A treatment that can be applied to all-electric, hybrid and hydraulic models alike, barrel insulation jackets can result in a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption with some machines.
  • Install a variable speed drive. Use a variable speed drive, or VSD, to achieve greater efficiency. This type of motor also increases the lifespan of your equipment by minimizing regular wear and requiring less-frequent maintenance.

These tips help reduce your energy consumption throughout the shop, while saving you money to put toward future upgrades and improvements around the factory.

Using the Proper Mold Release Agent

Whether you're working with metal, plastic or some other kind of material, molds are essential when manufacturing objects in large quantities. Although some see their molds as interchangeable, worthless accessories, proactive manufacturers can use their molds — and the mold release agent they choose — to bolster their manufacturing production efficiency even further.

You can save countless production hours by choosing the correct mold release agent in the first place. Apart from saving you time and money during the manufacturing process, a proper mold release agent can also make cleanup a breeze, protect the longevity of individual molds and even protect the product from damage.

Choosing a Fast Machine

Modern injection presses are generally available in one of three models: electric, hydraulic or a hybrid of the two. Although hydraulic presses were an industry staple for many years, many have been replaced by electric models. Those who are hesitant to let go of their hydraulic machinery sometimes opt for the hybrid press.

Electric injection presses captured the attention of manufacturers for numerous reasons. With a baseline energy savings as high as 70 percent, many large-scale shops have seen their monthly utility bills plummet. The increased precision reduces production waste and leftover materials, which lowers project-specific expenses. Electric presses also feature quicker startup times, faster response times and shorter recovery cycles.

In the U.S., sales of electric and hybrid presses are split relatively evenly. Europe, however, reports far greater sales with hybrid and traditional hydraulic models. This is due to a number of reasons, including the limited size of electric motors and the higher energy density of hydraulic systems. Recent advancements in hydraulics have also led to machines that operate without as much noise or heat as older models, which is another contributing factor to the longevity of hydraulic injection presses.

The hybrid injection press lets you benefit from the best of both worlds, in theory. In practice, hybrid machines are rarely as efficient as their all-electric counterparts. Next-gen hybrid models are able to use a hydraulic accumulator in tandem with electric-powered components to deliver heightened energy and manufacturing production efficiency.

An Efficient Shop Is a Productive Shop

Providing your staff with the most cutting-edge equipment is a surefire way to increase morale and motivation throughout the shop. If this isn't a viable option, either because of limited space or lack of finances, you can still improve your employees’ mood by using the right accessories and mold release agents, implementing regular upgrades and choosing the right machine for the job.

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Megan Ray Nichols
Megan Ray Nichols is a freelance science writer interested in engineering, technology, and other science disciplines. She is a regular contributor to Manufacturing Transformation and American Machinist. Megan is also the editor of Schooled By Science. Subscribe to her blog to stay up to date on scientific news and follow her on Twitter.
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