Business metrics are important in any industry, and this is especially true when it comes to manufacturing. ROI is a very important yardstick to keep in mind, and if you hit this one it’ll most likely increase both customer and management satisfaction.
So often while working with clients and prospects, we hear them speak about having to provide ROI to management. This perspective became even more evident at the 2011 MESA Conference – a national conference focused on operations excellence through the effective application of technology solutions and best practices. A challenge of proving ROI is the number of variables vs. KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) – they are often difficult to nail down and gain alignment. Another hurdle to this approach is that the initiative is often being driven by those in manufacturing, rather than management – those responsible to meet commitments to the business. These commitments usually fall into one of a few categories:
- increase production to meet demand
- reduce waste due to defect, or
- scrap, or reduce production costs.