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Without the right equipment, worker performance will suffer. Without the right training, employees won’t know how to properly use the equipment given to them. Without the right processes and procedures, workflow may become tied up in certain areas. Managing a metalworking shop can mean considering a lot of factors and taking steps to ensure that all those factors work in tandem with one another. Knowing the relationship between these aspects of management means understanding how to maintain efficiency in your metalworking shop.

Invest in Your Employees

Everything begins with your employees; they are the foundation you build your business on. Your workers are responsible for handling projects, equipment and need to implement their skills to keep everyone safe. But they can only attain this knowledge to do their jobs correctly and safely if offered adequate training.

Foster Growth and Accountability

Ideally, your employees come into the job with a firm knowledge of the field. While this is usually the case, your workers can always benefit from reinforcing safety procedures and educating them on metal fabrication techniques. Ensure everyone knows their responsibilities so that there are no misunderstandings; otherwise, you run the risk of employees unknowingly engaging in dangerous situations.

Provide the Best Equipment

Employees must do their part, but they may experience limitations due to the tools you give them. If they must work with cheap, faulty, and unreliable equipment, the pieces they produce may also come out cheap and faulty. Investing in low-quality equipment can also mean frequent breakdowns that significantly slow the process of fabrication, resulting in longer project times and pushed deadlines.

Know How To Maintain That Equipment

Even when you purchase the best tools for your team, you need to know how to maintain your equipment. All tools degrade over time, but you can make them last longer—whether by months or years—and reduce the potential of equipment failure.

Audit Your Workflow

Occasionally, you will need to inspect how efficiently your shop produces a metal piece. There may be times when there is a point in your system that your productivity takes a hit—whether it’s faulty equipment, inadequate training, hard-to-work-with materials, or insufficient technology. Knowing how to maintain your metal shop’s productivity means performing these routine audits to ensure that nothing is holding back your business.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.