What is Shopfloor Management?

Shopfloor management is part of lean management and refers to the monitoring and control of manufacturing processes on the shopfloor (production site). The goal of shopfloor management is the continuous optimization of all processes along the value chain. To achieve this, management goes into production to work with the shopfloor employees.

What are the central tasks in shopfloor management?

  1. Monitoring production processes As part of shopfloor management, production is analyzed and monitored on the shopfloor to ensure that processes run smoothly and product quality is guaranteed.

  2. Identification of weak points Another central task is the identification of weak points in the production processes. To this end, data is collected and analyzed to identify problem areas.

  3. Implementation of improvement measures Once weak points have been identified, improvement measures are planned and implemented. This usually involves working together (management and store floor employees) to optimize processes and workflows.

  4. Employee training In order to successfully implement the improvements, employees must be suitably trained and integrated into the change processes. In this context, training and education are carried out and the shopfloor employees are supported in the implementation of improvement measures.

  5. Monitoring of key figures In order to measure the success of improvement measures, key figures must be regularly monitored and analyzed. Shopfloor management is responsible for defining suitable key performance indicators.

  6. Continuous improvement Shopfloor management is based on the principle of continuous improvement. It is therefore important to continuously search for new potential for improvement in order to continuously increase efficiency and productivity.

What are the goals of shopfloor management?

  1. Improving productivity Shopfloor management can identify inefficient processes. These processes can be optimized in a targeted manner to increase productivity and reduce costs.

  2. Increasing quality Shopfloor management aims to improve the quality of manufactured products. This includes compliance with quality standards and the implementation of quality controls.

  3. Reducing waste Shopfloor management is intended to greatly reduce waste in production. Waste occurs in manufacturing due to overproduction, waiting times, long transport routes and excessive inventories, among other things.

  4. Improving employee motivation Employees are actively involved in improving processes and workflows. This increases employee motivation and creates a shared understanding of challenges and goals.

  5. Increasing transparency Regular reports and meetings promote open communication on the shopfloor. This increases transparency and allows problems to be identified and remedied at an early stage.

  6. Continuous improvement Shopfloor management is based on the principle of continuous improvement. Through regular analysis and optimization of processes and workflows, improvements can be achieved that lead to higher efficiency and productivity in the long term.

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