The production of products for use or sale using labor and machines, tools, chemicals, and biological processing or formulation is known as manufacturing. It also refers to a range of human activity from handicraft to high tech and is applied to industrial production where raw materials are converted into finished goods on a large scale. The finished goods are sold to other manufacturers for the production of other more complex products like aircraft, household appliances, sports equipment, furniture or automobiles, etc. These are either sold to wholesalers and further sell to the retailers. The retailers further sell them to the final end-users and consumers.
The manufacturing process is the steps taken to convert raw materials into a final product. Product designing is the first step in the manufacturing process and specification of materials from which the product is made. Through the manufacturing process, the materials are modified to the required part.
Every year the manufacturers face new challenges or issues and concerns in the manufacturing industry. Some of the top challenges faced by the manufacturers in manufacturing products are:-
1. Regulatory Compliance and traceability
Manufacturer of all sectors faces increasing regulations which aim in ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. Consumers may be benefited from some of the regulations, and each of the regulations adds an additional burden to the companies that must comply with the requirements.
Complete visibility in the global supply chains is ensured by the manufacturers and they can prove their own deference and that of the suppliers also. Regulations need the ability to track where the specific items have been used or to trace materials from an end item at a customer site back to specific materials used in the manufacture. Keeping in view the regulations and managing compliance reporting is a full-time activity for multiple people or teams at many manufacturing companies.
2. To keep Product Relevant
Product innovations come at a changing pace and manufacturers struggle to keep up. With the new concept the companies compete to be first in the market, the temptation to skip steps on quality materials can be challenging. There should be adequate time for the companies to ensure that the specific materials like wires and cables are in line with the operating conditions. A new product needs to develop a reputation of good quality to drive out poor quality.
The companies will become more systematic about managing innovation rather than leaving new product ideas to chance. The preferences in products are changing so quickly that this delays the introduction of once-popular products. For the success of manufacturing, it is essential to implement the procedures to keep a steady stream of new product ideas and innovations in the pipeline.
3. Aging Workforce/Skills gap
As per age, the workers retire and leave their workforce and take along with them their hard-won skills and experiences. The workers who are retiring are not available to be replaced easily as the new ones do not have the needed skills for many critical roles.
Manufacturers will have to work with the schools in their communities to check that the educational system includes the topics and skills training for the younger workers to fill these roles. Besides, manufacturers may need to be more flexible with the aging workforce so as to allow workers to slow down by working part time rather than to retire suddenly. This will enable the aging workers to pass on their skills to the next generations of workers.
4. Environmental concerns
Various aspects of the manufacturing process are affected by the local and regional regulations, from the ability to use certain materials, to worker exposure, to disposal of waste and byproducts. There is a harsh environment for manufacturing and hence should ensure the safety and health of workers with proper care and equipment. Disposing of waste products and recycling materials add costs and complexity to manufacturing and also result in a healthier environment and protection alike for both workers and customers.
5. To maintain a balance with output
In a manufacturing unit, it is very essential to keep the equipment functioning. Preventive maintenance should be taken regularly including worn wires and cables which help in increasing output and ensuring customer satisfaction with delivery lead times. Manufacturers are sometimes tempted to postpone preventive maintenance or replace factory components with lower-quality items. The practice creates unsafe conditions in harsh manufacturing environments if these lesser components can’t stand up to operating conditions. The operating cost can be kept low and output high by using components, cables, and wires that meet or exceed manufacturer specifications and to perform preventive maintenance on recommended schedules thus ensuring worker safety.
6. Healthcare Costs
The rising costs of healthcare for workers put a strain on already fragile manufacturing cost structures.
By meeting these challenges the manufacturing companies can stay on current legislation and technology and be responsive to meet the needs of workers and act responsibly in the best interest of all parties.
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