More than 40% of machine operators are interrupted at least 20 times during their workday to get and dispose of wiping and cleaning products. PHOTO courtesy Tork.
Improving productivity is key to maintaining peak performance of a manufacturing facility, and hinderances to operational productivity can often stem from unexpected – or unrecognized – obstacles.
Finding hidden wastes to continuously improve can pose a challenge for manufacturers. However, research conducted by Tork, reveals that a large number of machine operators are surprisingly interrupted at least 20 times during their workday by having to fetch or dispose of wiping and cleaning products. Furthermore, the study reveals that operators often take more wipers than needed to avoid these interruptions.
The results show that when wipers are not conveniently placed, it can generate both motion and inventory waste, as well as cause stress among workers.
The study shows that:
- 44 per cent of machine operators are interrupted at least 20 times during a workday to walk and fetch or dispose of wipers.
- 74 per cent of machine operators take more wipers than needed for the task to avoid having to walk and fetch more each time.
- 69 per cent of machine operators state that they get stressed if they are interrupted in their work when having a lot to do.
- 90 per cent of machine operators say that if they were provided with professional industrial wipers close-by, it would help their workplace organization and work satisfaction.
In its efforts to support customers in their quest to reduce waste, Tork has developed a new tool: the Tork Motion Waste Calculator. This web-based tool will allow companies to get a quick understanding of how much the placement of dispensers really impacts productivity.
To learn more about how to reduce motion and inventory waste and explore the Tork Performance dispensing system, visit tork.ca/en/reducewaste.