Often times, individuals are aware that their process for finishing parts isn't efficient, but they don't know how to begin to fix it. We've put together an outline of six steps that will each assist in reducing the time it takes to finish your parts.
1. Examine Your Production Line For Efficiency Opportunities. Are the parts you are finishing in your facility reworked or scrapped frequently? Waste from an inefficient production line can be extremely costly - both in materials and in the time it takes to finish new parts to replace the ones that weren't right. Are the goals of meeting production quotas causing your floor to produce insufficient finishes? When a production process is thoroughly reviewed for efficiency opportunities, changes often will result in parts being finished faster or right the first time - thus making achieving quotas without sacrificing quality a reality.
2. Tour A Professional Finishing Facility. By touring a professional facility, you will be exposed to new finishing techniques, media and compounds that may be very applicable enhancements for your finishing process. You'll have the opportunity to see how experts approach the finishing process, and learn best practices approaches. By touring a professional finishing facility, you will gain: Tips and techniques on how to improve your process. Exposure to new machinery, media and compounds in action. The opportunity to ask questions about your finishing process and understand new improvement ideas you can take back to your facility.
3. Consider The Alternatives: Blasting Vs. Vibratory. Consult with an expert to make sure you're using the right process for your parts. We frequently speak with individuals utilizing one process, when in reality the other would be more efficient for their needs. How do you figure this out? Invite an expert to come to your site and examine your process. Many finishing companies will offer this service - just ask!
4. Research Compound Formulations That Will Speed Up Your Process.
Compounds exist in many formulations to provide a variety of finishes. Researching different formulations than you're currently using may enhance the capabilities of your media. Contact a reputable developer of finishing compounds to discuss your needs, what you're currently using, and to get their help in determining which compounds may assist the speediness and quality of your unique finishing process. Taking the time to research alternatives will ensure you're using the best compound for the exact finish you desire.
5. Utilize A Compound To Combine Processes.
Compounds are available that take a two-step finishing and washing process and combine them into one step, thus eliminating the expense of purchasing two compounds and the
time it takes to complete the finishing process. Deburring and rust inhibition can also be performed in one process, if the correct compound is selected. Again, a developer of multiple compounds can assist you in identifying compounds that achieve more than one purpose and combine multiple steps of the finishing process into one.
6. Weigh The Option Of Outsourcing Your Finishing Process.
With production levels varying more frequently these days, outsourcing can be the perfect solution to trying to manage your staff and keep them productive. Experts can take the process off of your hands and offer greater scalability for expansion and contraction of your finishing demands. Additionally, when you outsource your finishing process to another company, the waste treatment issues involved with finishing become their problem, not yours. Most professional finishing facilities house their own waste treatment systems because of the massive quantity of finishing they do and the amount of waste they deal with daily.
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