The aerospace industry requires productivity, quality, and dedicated design, at all times, in order to maximize efficiency and business success. Innovation is at the forefront of what an aerospace company might be aiming to achieve, and good innovation comes with an understanding of how best to work efficiently.
Aerospace processes can vary in terms of complexity and demand, and knowing how to make processes more productive will always be key, no matter the process or task.
Furthermore, as problems can easily arise within the development stages of the aerospace environment, it’s important to know how to efficiently and quickly learn from mistakes and build up new processes which have learned from tried, tested, and failed methods.
Moving forward efficiently while working productively is therefore key.
Here are four methods for improving efficiency in an aerospace environment.
1. Having a Clear System in Place for Identifying Problems
Aerospace development relies on a clear internal structure, which means there is a need for ways to easily identify problems. This could be trained employees who know what to look for or systems that can easily recognize and flag up any design or development issues.
Manufacturing efficiency is all about recognizing problems immediately and being able to attend to them and fix them instantly in order to avoid wasting time. The moment a clear system or structure is lacking or missing altogether is the moment efficiency can be neglected and all-important processes delayed.
2. Implement Proper Reporting
If problems are flagged up during the manufacturing process, then the investigation begins to find the cause of the problem. Troubleshooting means that you need to be able to efficiently analyze the process as a whole in order to find the root cause as quickly as possible.
One key way to do this is to make sure that your entire process has adequate reporting so that you have data and information to look back on. That way, you can understand every single step which brought you to the problem at hand, and you can therefore know that one of these steps (or perhaps all of them) leading up to the problem was the root cause.
Without proper reporting, you won’t even know where to start when it comes to finding the root cause of a manufacturing issue. It’s going to take up valuable time and resources for an investigation without reporting or data to base any assumptions on.
3. Implement Any Good Ways to Save Time
It doesn’t matter whether it’s in the head office of your aerospace business or whether it’s directly linked to the manufacturing process, such as using the right load cells for application efficiency: anything you can do to add time-saving measures or more efficiency to the working process is going to be time well spent. Even the smallest measure to save time and effort means that your whole process is going to work more efficiently from start to finish.
It’s a good idea to also conduct team meetings and discussions with all people involved with the aerospace processes as a whole. This way, you can gain valuable feedback, ideas, and information regarding all procedures and how team members believe certain tasks can be streamlined, completed in a better way, or maybe even avoided altogether in order to save valuable time.
4. Have a Plan for Problems
There are many problems you would not be able to predict within the manufacturing process, but there are plenty of problems that you will be able to plan for. If you know your aerospace business and you know your manufacturing, then you will know what can go wrong as much as you know what can go right. Therefore, in order to be more efficient when problems do occur, having a set structure in place for the steps to take in rectifying problems can be a huge time saver.
For instance, you could keep a strategic plan in place for what to do in the event of specific problems, or even to include the red flags to look for regarding specific problems. That way, all team members have something to fall back on should they need guidance in working efficiently to rectify and troubleshoot any problems with production.
Also have an experienced troubleshooter on hand, such as through phone contact or on-site at all times, means that employees know precisely who to go to for specific problems if they can’t attend to them themselves or lack the expertise.