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Do you need employees to perform specific processes in a consistent, measurable, and repeatable manner? Then you need to create Standardized Work Instructions (SWI) that employees can follow and team leads and managers can leverage to step in to assist if a step in the process needs help. SWI can streamline efficiencies in your manufacturing business. But writing straightforward, easy to follow SWI can be difficult. By following our process for how to write Standardized [...]
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With every industry comes unique planning and scheduling challenges. When it comes to the food and drink industry, proper planning is the key to a successful business.  Within the food industry, many factors are at play. The culinary team has data about what food is needed daily. Following their guidelines, each business needs to plan food orders and delivery based on food expiration dates, preparation time for the food, and rotating menus.   Prodsmart is also [...]
November 30, 2020
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    With how frequently the business environment changes, it’s essential to stay ahead of the game. Luckily businesses have a variety of tools at their disposal to help them with this. We all know how incredibly important the production stage is in the manufacturing process.  That is why now more than ever, businesses need to utilize production scheduling tools and production scheduling software to stay relevant in the various competitive markets.  Incorporating a manufacturing execution system [...]
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      The Nestlé company has a market capitalization of over $304.1 billion and employs 291,000 employees. Launched in 1866, it has been a household name up to this day. However, even this Swiss-owned corporate giant isn’t immune to the financial and operational labor waste caused by manufacturing inefficiencies. To save over $2.5 billion by the end of 2020, Nestlé has been streamlining its manufacturing operations to cut down on inefficiencies for several years now. Nestlé has [...]
      November 30, 2020
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        Amazing Manufacturing
        The underlying principle behind lean manufacturing is relatively simple; to continuously eliminate as much waste as possible in the manufacturing process. Reducing waste plays a significant role in maximizing profits and minimizing expenses allowing companies to become more competitive.  The lean approach focuses on capitalizing on a company’s resources to eliminate or minimize losses in effectiveness and efficiencies that would otherwise lead to stunted production. These wastes include everything from project management tools for manufacturers [...]
        November 18, 2020
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          Manufacturers today are exploring ways to deliver a successful MES project as an integral part of their production. The right MES is capable of providing various industries with essential improvements in a variety of ways.  Various organizations develop and utilize an MES (Manufacturing Execution System) to track and monitor manufactured goods within production and manufacturing. As a result, it ensures the effective execution of processes and operations. A comprehensive system such as MES maintains order [...]
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          How do you know if a production order made a worthwhile profit? You do this by calculating the cost of production, but what does that mean?  Cost of production is the total cost incurred by a business to either produce a product or offer their services. Production costs typically include supplies and raw materials that are consumed during production, along with labor expenses. What’s the best way to track and manage your production costs? By [...]
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          The concept of Total Quality Management (TQM) is one that has aged very well indeed. Even though it can be traced back to the early 1920s when the statistical theory was initially applied to the process of quality control for manufactured products. The 40s was another period that saw TQM spread to Japan, with professionals like Deming, Juran, and Feigenbaum spearheading the development shortly after world war 2. It was during this period that the [...]
          Amazing Manufacturing
          When starting or scaling up your operations, it’s essential to have a plan in mind; like all ambitious endeavors in life, planning is the foundation upon which your successes will be built. A production schedule is your best bet for ensuring your manufacturing business meets all of its goals promptly. Prodsmart understands how easy it is to get swept up in the excitement of innovation, but you must have a game plan. Without a concrete [...]
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          When you’re running a production pipeline, you need to make sure that you’re operating at your maximum capacity. Every employee assignment and task is delegated appropriately, and the time spent on each part of the production process is optimized. Capacity planning is the backbone of getting these tasks done.  When you’re operating at maximum capacity, your clients will receive products as quickly as possible, and your profits will remain steady. Similar to production scheduling, planning [...]

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