Tips to Follow From Fireworks Industry
Tips to follow from fireworks industry
Manufacturers don't achieve this level of flexibility and quality by chance. It takes a lot of work and a sophisticated IT infrastructure that manages, analyzes, predicts and optimizes. Not many organizations have to cope with such a spike in annual demand, but many products do change significantly each year-especially in highly competitive industries such as automotive, consumer products and electronics. With this in mind, there are a few things we can all learn from the fireworks industry:
Tip No. 1: Attain quality systematically
Every business-from aspirin to fireworks companies-strives for perfection. Inconsistencies invariably lead to flaws. Customers expect the same product or service every visit. Achieving that quality is all about process. Using technology to measure, monitor and facilitate those processes such that they can be standardized across every plant is how we enforce consistency and quality.
Tip No. 2: Cut your losses
Defective products are usually caused by defective components. Don't throw out your fireworks because of a loose fuse or a car battery because of a poor battery acid mixture or an engine because of a misaligned piston. Implement processes that can identify problems early in the process and then contain the bad parts or components to minimize potential impact.
Tip No. 3: Live and breathe demand
Few industries experience the intensity in fluctuations of demand as the United States fireworks market. Traditionally, manufacturing industries were focused on maximizing the use of their plants to distribute the costs of machinery across a greater volume of products. However, as it turns out, oversupply, inventory and distribution costs trump the benefits of blindly producing as much product as possible. Production needs to match demand, and it needs to be managed efficiently across each of your plants.
In addition to celebrating patriotism and American ideals today, let's all pay homage to the hard workers, technologies and companies that brought a billion dollars of celebratory explosives into our hot hands. Let's celebrate explosive technology! Happy Fourth of July!
Rick Gallisa is an industry director at Apriso Corporation. Rick provides strategic direction to life sciences manufacturers who seek to become more demand-driven while removing costs and improving quality across multiplant operations. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.