3 Tricks to Reduce the Adjustment Period for New Machines

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Whether you're replacing your old packaging machines or you've decided to purchase a premade pouch filling machine in order to reduce your labor costs, new equipment is always exciting.

Despite this excitement, introducing new equipment into an established production process can cause problems. It's safe to assume that things like human error, workflow issues, or the average mechanical setback could halt your operation momentarily. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to minimize the number of problems you encounter. Let's take a look at a few of them.

Lay the groundwork: It's vitally important that your team understands what to expect before the technicians arrive on installation day. Not only does this help prepare your employees for handling new equipment, it also opens the possibility that one of your employees might notice a problem before it occurs. The employees on the floor have a much clearer idea of the practical way things are carried out and may spot a traffic flow problem before it even occurs. Ultimately this could prevent you from wasting time and manpower.

Start Training Early: While it might seem like a good idea to wait for the new equipment to be installed to start your training process, in reality it can actually cause you to lose more valuable time. Slowly introducing your employees to how your new packaging machines or checkweigher machines will work allows them to gain familiarity before the new equipment goes live. When done right, this can lead to fewer mistakes and a shortened period of adjustment.

Make Space: The last thing you want to happen is for the technicians to arrive with your new food xray machine before you've cleared the spot on the line for them to place it. Instead, take the time to clear the space in advance. You can even take the opportunity to check on the status of your other machines during the downtime, or perform modest repairs you've put off in order to keep production rolling.

New equipment can mean exciting things. Whether it's a vacuum sealer that can increase the shelf life of your food up to five times or new packaging machines that can save you an extra 30 seconds with each unit. Still, there can be some growing pains at the outset. Following the three tips above will help you avoid the worst of these problems and prevent you from wasting any more precious time.