Operational efficiency means using resources like time, people, equipment, inventory, and money in an optimized way to serve the business. Efficient companies are leaner, agile, and more profitable. It is often used to justify manufacturing companies driving capital acquisitions to buy better and faster machines. However, new machines are only one cog in an operational efficiency wheel.
Operational efficiency is primarily a metric that measures the efficiency of profit earned as a function of operating costs. The greater the operational efficiency, the more profitable a firm or investment is. The entity can generate more significant income or returns for the same or lower cost than an alternative.
In manufacturing, efficient production is a significant element of operational efficiency. This includes optimizing equipment, product processes, and employee output so that you produce the greatest number of quality products possible with the time and money invested. Operational efficiency is gained through a company by cost-effectively streamlining its base operations while eliminating redundant processes and waste. Generally, this is done by focusing on resource utilization, production, inventory management, and distribution. Operational efficiency refers to the positive correlation between a company’s input and output, resulting in minimal resource wastage and maximum resource utilization. This, in turn, leads to increased revenue generation.
By some estimates, just 15 to 20% of an employee’s workday is spent on purely productive activities in the average small and medium-sized business. An operational efficiency mindset aims to cut or limit the time workers spend on non-value-added activities or inefficient processes. By maximizing the amount of value-added work employees do, an operational efficiency exercise can make a business much more competitive and profitable. Operational efficiency refers to the standards and practices that allow a company to ensure sustainable growth and improved customer satisfaction. It also impacts the amount of profit and revenue that a company generates. Improving operational efficiency may help you improve your workplace’s profitability or decrease operating costs.
You don’t have to buy new technology to achieve significant gains (although it can help). The first step is better managing your team, processes, and information to reduce waste and create more customer value. Operational efficiency elevates organizations to a level of business maturity that many companies today struggle with. They tend to tell us, “We should have done this years ago.”
Here are six recommendations on how to improve operational efficiency in manufacturing:
In summary, these six recommendations will drive operational efficiencies across the plant. Even though each recommended course of action can be employed independently, The first recommendation will significantly reduce the time required to implement the other five.