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4 Ms: Bridging the manufacturing gap

By H.D. CHRISTOPHER

In the woodworking industry, the significance of proactive planning is an imperative.   Before embarking on projects or investments, a thorough definition of product specifications, processes, investments and expected returns is essential.

Often, substantial investments are made in infrastructure, machinery and materials without a clear understanding of their effective utilisation against initial projections. Instances of material wastage, machine idle time, breakdowns and manpower losses can significantly impact costs.

Complicating matters further, suppliers sometimes promote unnecessary products or machines to unsuspecting customers, leading to sub-optimal investment decisions. It is incumbent upon suppliers to transition from mere sellers to solution providers, guiding customers toward informed choices that align with their actual needs.

The realm of furniture manufacturing – encompassing solid wood and panel furniture – reveals a noticeable trend of dropping prices and narrowing profit margins. In this ever-changing market scenario, stakeholders often find themselves at a crossroads, seeking guidance to optimise manufacturing costs without breaking the bank.

Four Ms

In the contemporary manufacturing landscape, survival necessitates a meticulous focus on design, engineering detailing, resource optimisation, manufacturing       philosophy, process audit, process validation, quality control, consumable consumption, machine utilization, and more.

As a   simple example, let me say that Supplier X convinces Client Y to purchase coating material Y, costing ₹1,200 per litre.  More often than not, it is applied across surfaces where it is not required.  This leads to increased costs for Client Y, higher expenditure, additional manpower and prolonged process times.

Unfortunately, the furniture manufacturing landscape in the country lacks practical advisors capable of steering businesses towards efficient and cost-effective production.

Identifying the critical need for guidance, I recognize an output gap: a disparity in the utilization of   the 4Ms (material, machine, men and method) that can render a factory either overworked or underworked.

Undertaking a gap analysis becomes imperative for manufacturing entities to assess their current performance against desired benchmarks.    This strategic evaluation aids in identifying operational inefficiencies and resource misallocation.

The solution

It is in this context that NuFurniX Consulting emerges, to define and bridge the existing gaps in wood and panel furniture manufacturing. Our team, with hands-on experience at the shop floor level, offers impartial process validation to aid customers in making judicious decisions that enhance profitability.

We advocate the creation of an informed customer base that actively questions and understands the intricacies of machines, materials, methods and manpower.  Without early consideration of these factors, customers risk   financial haemorrhage through various operational gaps.

In addition to consultancy services, NuFurniX Consulting is soon launching the Indian Finishing School to provide training and practical applications in furniture finishing. This initiative aims to equip operators, sprayers and supervisors with the skills needed to optimise the use of automated finishing systems, ensuring a tangible return on investment.

To connect with us and leverage our services, email consultancyhdc@gmail.com.

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