As the number of COVID-19 cases increased, companies started to implement the work from home policy. Sadly, it’s inapplicable to some industry sectors. For manufacturers, working from home is impossible.
Production must continue at manufacturing plants, relying on all the equipment and machines required. Like it or not, manufacturing plants still have to operate. Now the challenge is how to keep production running when the transmission of COVID-19 must also be avoided. Below are some safe tips manufacturers can apply.
1. Perform Routine Temperature Checks
Temperature checks must be done routinely every day. Try to actively encourage sick and vulnerable employees (those who are at high risk) to stay home. Ask employees to report immediately if they feel unwell.
Provide clean masks and encourage your employees to wash their hands or sanitize them every day. Consider providing free lunch so your employees don’t have to look for food outside, thus reducing transmission risk.
2. Reduce Operational Hours
As consumer demand is currently declining, reducing operational hours is a wise decision you can make. However, there must be an agreement between you as the leader of the company and your employees regarding working hours, especially if there has to be salary deductions.
3. Implement Physical Distancing
Physical restrictions must be done more seriously. Limit the number of people in a room. Make sure everyone maintains two meter distances between each other by staggering start times, creating one way walk throughs, opening more entrances and exits, or changing seating layouts in break rooms.
4. Shift Workers More Often
If you do not plan on minimizing your production capacity by reducing working hours, then you should shift your workers more often. And, again, this must be discussed with all your staff.
Increasing the number of shifts is actually an effort to make the physical distancing practice more effective, because employees will work at different times. They won’t have to work in the same room at the same time.
5. Automate Your Production Planning
To minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, you should start to rely more on automation. Not only on hardware like industrial robots, but also software, especially the ones that automate production planning. But, why is it so necessary?
Manufacturing software simplifies the production process by automating most of the procedures involved in it. Thus, the use of human labor can be reduced, which can be an effective solution to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
HashMicro’s manufacturing system facilitates production planning by allowing manufacturers to create production schedules, manage work routes, determine person in charge (PIC), maintain resources, and monitor raw materials and work-in-progress (WIP). The web-based system also allows manufacturers to calculate the effectiveness of their industrial machines and equipment. The whole process can be tracked in real time.
There is no standard solution to running manufacturing production during a pandemic. However, by implementing safety and health procedures optimally, the production process should still be able to run well.
As a leading ERP consultant, HashMicro is more than happy to provide your business with the right software solution during the COVID-19 pandemic.