Manufacturing often finds itself up against challenges and pressures other industries do not. From a relatively strict regulatory environment to public health emergencies, global competition, emergent technologies and potential labor shortages, the manufacturing sector is always rolling with the punches and looking for avenues toward leaner operations and higher fortunes.
The most difficult balance to find here is the intersection of safety, productivity and quality. It’s not an impossible mission — companies can achieve this elusive balance if they start in the right place. Below are some tips for each part of this trinity. Additionally, heed reminders that focusing too heavily on only one of these items can hold back the entire business.