Big Challenges in Manufacturing Industries

Regulatory Compliance and traceability: Manufacturers from all sectors face increased regulations aimed at ensuring product safety to manage disposal and reclamation procedures. Consumers can benefit from multiple regulations, and each regulation adds an additional burden to companies that must comply with the requirements. Complete visibility in global supply chains is ensured by manufacturers and they can attest to their own respect as well as from suppliers. Regulations require the ability to track where certain items have been used or to trace materials from the final item at the customer’s location back to the specific materials used in manufacture. Observing regulations and managing compliance reporting is a full-time activity for many people or teams in many manufacturing companies.

To Keep Products Relevant: Product innovations come at different speeds and manufacturers struggle to keep up. With the company’s new concept competing to be first in the market, the temptation to skip a step on quality materials can be a challenge. There should be sufficient time for the company to ensure that certain materials such as cables and wires are suitable for operating conditions. A new product needs to develop a reputation for good quality to drive away bad quality. Companies will become more systematic in managing innovation than leaving new product ideas to chance. Preferences in products are changing so rapidly that they delay the introduction of once popular products. For manufacturing success, it is important to implement procedures to keep a steady flow of new product ideas and innovations.

Aging Workforce/Skills Gap: Age-appropriate, workers retire and leave their workforce and take their hard-learned skills and experience with them. Retired workers are not readily available for replacement because the new ones do not have the skills required for many important roles. Producers should work with schools in their communities to check whether the education system includes topics and skills training for young workers to fill these roles. In addition, manufacturers may need to be more flexible with an aging workforce so as to allow workers to slow down by working part-time rather than retiring suddenly. This will enable aging workers to pass on their skills to the next generation of workers.

Environmental concerns: Various aspects of the manufacturing process are affected by local and regional regulations, from the ability to use certain materials, worker exposures, to the disposal of waste and by-products. There is a harsh environment for manufacturing and therefore must ensure the safety and health of workers with proper care and equipment. Disposing of waste products and recycled materials adds to the cost and complexity of manufacturing and also results in a healthier environment and protection for workers and customers.

To maintain a balance with output: In a manufacturing unit, it is very important to keep the equipment functioning. Preventive maintenance should be carried out on a regular basis including worn wires and cables which helps increase output and ensures customer satisfaction with delivery lead times. Manufacturers are sometimes tempted to delay preventive maintenance or replace factory components with lower-quality goods. This practice creates unsafe conditions in harsh manufacturing environments if these smaller components do not withstand operating conditions. Operating costs can be kept low and output high by using components, cables and wires that meet or exceed manufacturer’s specifications and perform preventive maintenance according to the recommended schedule thereby ensuring worker safety. By meeting these challenges, manufacturing companies can stay abreast of current laws and technology and be responsive to meeting the needs of workers and act responsibly in the best interests of all parties.