Quality manufacturing doesn’t have to mean higher costs, and in fact the cost of not implementing these preventative improvements can be greater, in the form of unplanned downtime and the flow-on effect on OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
82% of companies across multiple sectors have experienced at least one incident of unplanned downtime over the last three years. What was the cause of this downtime? Results from the same study suggested that in the manufacturing sector 23% of unplanned downtime was caused by human error.
It’s a widespread belief that human error is the primary cause of quality issues or problems. However, this perspective is evolving and it’s becoming apparent that human error is not the root cause but a symptom of deeper causes, for example a lack of training or poor-quality procedures.
For a long time quality has been under human control, and the fact that quality control processes are being completed manually will always leave room for error. This is a risk manufacturers are no longer able to take. Consequently, there has been a shift within the manufacturing sector as the industry evolves into a more technological future. Manufacturers are beginning to automate quality control to eliminate the chance of error through solutions like verification scanning and chip technology.