9/21/15 9:30 AM
By John Cameron
Process mapping is an important aspect of the manufacturing industry. Like a blueprint, mapping takes the overall manufacturing procedure and breaks it down into moveable parts to easily determine areas that require improvement.
Standard process mapping also helps determine that all these moving parts function properly. It reduces friction among all elements of a typical workflow from order to delivery.
Similar to a flow chart, manufacturing process mapping remains a dependable technique for streamlining your workflow. Its reliability stems from clearing channels of communication and mitigating error between departments.
Performed properly, mapping enables an organization to:
Though manufacturing process mapping has been around for years, there have been few advancements. Until recently managers stuck Post-It notes onto whiteboards to map their workflow. Luckily, advanced planning & scheduling software now make it easy to streamline this task. The software additionally assists with managing orders, capacity, and inventory. It's a great way for managers looking to save time and money to increase their workplace efficiency.