Three Ways To Protect Your Factory From Disruption

No matter the function of your factory, it’s an area that has potential for disruption. There can be many reasons why work will just stop, and it’s up to you to recognise the potential for risks and ensure that even in worst case scenarios you are prepared and able to counter the issues and return to normality as quickly as possible. Factory disruptions can create an all too damaging domino effect that can create bad service for customers or block up your supply schedule so that even the shortest disruption causes long-term issues that can be a nightmare to recover from. Here are the main disruption risks you should consider, and how to prepare for them.

Be aware of security

Having a good security culture is essential for your factory, and that means both on and offline. Not only will your factory have access to much of your online data, but it also very likely that your factory floor is filled with expensive equipment and stock that may be all too tempting to thieves. Make sure that your factory is managed effectively online, and that only those that departments and people that need access to customer data are given the relevant passwords. That small step can ensure that your online security is maximised and reduce the risk of allowing hackers an easy way into your systems. For offline security, consider installing HD CCTV cameras, or even passcode-only entrances to the more sensitive or high-risk areas of the factory itself.

Natural calamity

A burst pipe or a fire in the staff room can shut down your factory fast, and can also be a challenge to recover from. Obviously, your factory has all of the relevant and legally required safety equipment that can minimise the long-term effects of accidental disruption, but you can go further than that. Do a safety check on a regular basis and ensure that there is an action plan in place to cover every eventuality that you can think of. This could mean thinking outside of the box and creating a plan for flash floods or even toxic spillage. The more prepared you are for any eventuality, the more likely that you’ll be able to recover quickly and ensure that work resumes as seamlessly as possible.

Regular Maintenance checks

There’s a good chance that you already have a backup generator in case of power cuts. After all, nothing is more likely to disrupt productivity than having no power. However, this will need regular maintenance checks, which Advanced Diesel Engineering can do for you. It’s a good idea as well to make use of a fuel tank that will be optimised to last and will allow you to continue working even in the case of long-term power cuts. This is a good way to ensure that your business continues to function, and drastically reduces the impact of any disruption. Remember to allow time in the factory schedule for regular checks of all of your equipment, and you’ll seriously reduce the risk of wasted time due to damaged or worn out equipment.

Not every factory has emergency plans in place, and that means you can be one step ahead of your competition in the event of even the most unpredictable of disruptions. Keeping your factory moving is often the only way to keep your business moving, so taking the time to ensure that it’s as protected as possible will go a long way to protecting your entire business.

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