The fact that automation is one of the ways you can incentivise and motivate factory staff is no longer a secret. But with so many different types of automation available today, it might seem like a daunting task choosing the best type of automation to help you achieve optimal results, not only when it comes to increasing your staff’s motivation, but also to boosting overall productivity and efficiency. Worry not! The Granta team are here to help. We’ve prepared a useful guide below that can help make this decision easier.
- Automated Dashboards and Scoreboards
An automated dashboard or scoreboard is a screen that is mounted in your factory or office, visible to all staff, showing live data relating to KPIs, bonuses or any other appropriate information that is going to motivate your staff.
Automated dashboards and scoreboards are by far one of the most effective ways of motivating your factory staff, by encouraging a healthy kind of competition amongst different teams. It can also turn abstract figures into a visual incentive that can demonstrate how all their hard work is paying off by reaching and even surpassing certain targets. Using dashboards and scoreboards to display relevant KPIs and targets can also become a useful reminder for everyone as to what they’re working towards and can add a sense of purpose to their work.
- Production Monitoring and Datalogging Systems
Production monitoring and datalogging systems consist of inputs throughout your production process, which can be in the form of sensors, detectors, encoders or HMIs, where data is automatically or manually input into the system. This data can then be used to help identify areas within your production that require improvement; such as bottlenecks, reliability issues and product defects.
Whilst production monitoring and datalogging systems primarily help to boost your factory’s production efficiency, they can also be used as a great way to motivate your staff by creating a culture of continuous improvement. This, in turn, can encourage your staff to always strive for improved performance and feel like they’re contributing to making a difference within the entire company. Production monitoring and datalogging systems can also create a perpetual awareness of problem areas and help people focus on improving processes. It is also important to appropriately reward any innovations or significant improvements that your staff perform, in order to sustain this type of culture.
- Downtime and Efficiency Tracking
Downtime and efficiency tracking systems monitor your plant 24/7, giving instant notification of plant stoppages and downtime. With the more advanced downtime and efficiency tracking systems it is possible to log in remotely to your plant to see exactly where the faults are and what needs to be done to rectify them. When used with a production monitoring and datalogging system, it is also possible to use this data to calculate OEE (overall equipment effectiveness).
By investing in downtime and efficiency tracking systems, you can give your staff the tools they need to work faster and smarter and create improvements in working conditions, which is another factor that plays an important part when it comes to staff motivation. You can also use this kind of technology to assess performance and then make executive decisions based on that.
- Bespoke Machinery
Bespoke machinery is machinery that is custom built and automated to suit your exact requirements. One of the main benefits of tailor made, bespoke machinery is that it enables you to use just one machine to perform all the tasks you need instead of having multiple standard ones, meaning that you can boost your productivity whilst actually saving money. Bespoke machinery is also built to integrate into your existing process, thus reducing the disruption to your business operations during installation.
Installing bespoke machinery can help transform working conditions and modernise the work environment which will help your staff perform their tasks quicker and in a more efficient manner. It is also important to consult with your staff and take their feedback into account when investing in bespoke machinery to ensure that you have incorporated all the necessary features to enable them to improve their performance, which is yet another way of motivating your factory staff.
These are just some of the main types of automation that can help you increase factory staff motivation. If you’d like more information about the types of automation available at Granta and how we can help you achieve with automation, get in touch today on 01223 499 488 or use our unique project builder to get a bespoke quote online in just a few minutes!