5 Ways a Good Andon System Can Improve Manufacturing

If you implement a good Andons system it can improve your manufacturing with different benefits that can help your business run more smoothly and efficiently. Andon in the manufacturing world is a system that helps show in real-time any issues or problems that arise so the right people who deal with them can take immediate and swift action. 

It Saves So Much Time

As this will automatically show in real-time any issues that arise they can be dealt with there and then with minimal disruption to work lines and areas. Before having this system the usual is a button, cord or something that is physically flagged by an employee. The area and manufacturing process is then called to a halt while people stand around together, find out what the problem is, where it stems from and then how they can fix it. Then it has to actually be fixed and startup everything again. It is such a lengthy process and as the saying goes time is money. So just think how much money and production you would save by having this in place. 

It Improves Employees Motivation And Happiness

The way the system works is that it empowers employees to stop the line and put things to a halt when needed. Sometimes employees will worry about stopping it unnecessarily but by putting that trust in them they will feel more empowered in their job role and trusted by their employers which overall gives a happier workforce. 

Gives Your Customers Better Quality

Company reputations are a big thing so supplying customers with top quality goods with no faults or issues is key. Happy customers equal loyal customers and they are more likely to recommend you to someone else. By having a good Andon system in place you will have more things detected as human error wouldn’t be an issue so your products will go out perfect every time. 

It Reduces Your Wastage

As things can be picked up on early on you will have less waste from your company. This comes back to your company image and will give you a more green and ethical look. Reducing waste is good for the planet, good for brand image and good for extra costs. Things won’t get to the end of the line before being noticed that an issue has occurred so there is plenty of time and notice to avoid more parts being used which will only end up as waste as well as not having to shut down whole lines and put everything in the waste that has been affected. 

It Shows Long Term Progress and Improvements

In your production process in most industries and especially manufacturing, things are changing all the time which helps you become more efficient, productive and profitable. By embracing this asset to your company you are stepping into the ongoing improvements that people are taking. It is always beneficial for businesses to embrace change and be able to see the benefits things bring to the table. 

Chris Turn