5 Ways You Can Become More Innovative in Manufacturing
Innovation is defined as: 1. a new idea, method, or device 2. to make changes in something established, by introducing new ideas, methods, or devices.
The term is used with such frequency that many manufacturers think of innovation as being only high-tech modern technological advancements; that you have to be the next Steve Jobs to be innovative.
Many small and medium sized manufacturers believe that innovation is for the large manufacturers or the companies in Silicon Valley. This is not the case; the ability to be innovative is not dependent on the size of your company and doesn’t have to be expensive.
In order to be competitive in the global market, innovation needs to be embraced. You may not be able to win on price against some foreign competitors, but through innovation you can win on quality, creativity and customer service.
Here are five areas where you can become more innovative:
By implementing lean principles at your factory, you can discover news ways and methods of making your operations more efficient and reducing material, time and waste. At Fascia Graphics® we implemented lean manufacturing principles into our Chippenham based factory, and as a result deliver better membrane keypads, graphic overlays and screen printed labels, as well as better service to our customers.
Exporting is a great way to grow your business. With a large percentage of customers living outside the UK, exporting is essential if you wish to reach these markets.
Through manufacturing green, you can help reducing expensive energy costs and become more energy efficient. At Fascia Graphics® we have recently invested in SMARTech technology that will enable us to reduce our energy consumption at our factory by over a third.
There is always room for innovation in marketing. By improving your website or embracing social media marketing, you can connect to a wider audience, and in turn reach more potential customers.
Quality Management Systems
By adhering to and becoming certified in national and international standards, you can become more marketable, and gain business which you would otherwise not be able to access. At Fascia Graphics® we currently have UL approval to PGAA and PGDQ2 standards and ISO 9001:2008 approval, which has allowed us to remain competitive and give us freedom to export to global markets such as the U.S.
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