There’s little doubt that a top concern for a paper mill is its production. More specifically, the concern becomes how to improve production, from both quality and quantity perspectives. The benefits to better production are obvious: enhanced production leads to meeting demand more effectively, which pays in profitability. But how does a mill get to that point? Take a look at our tips for how to achieve improved paper mill production.
Hire the Right Personnel
First things first, people are needed to run your paper mill. But not just any people. Personnel is quite literally the lifeblood of any effective mill, along with processes underpinning it.
What this means is: choosing the right people for the job is essential in improving your paper mill’s production. Seems rather intuitive, right? Well, it should be. But it’s much easier said than done. Carefully vetting each potential mill employee takes time, effort, and expertise—but it’s beyond critical.
The people running your mill should have the right attitude, which is continually striving to make the mill better than it is. This kind of attitude works in your favor, driving the momentum your mill desires and deserves.
Ensure Your Mill’s Process Checks Off What It Needs To
With how the industry works, sometimes mills will reinvent, or rework, processes to adopt new equipment, procedures, and/or systems. Developing a streamlined and effective process includes a number of key areas: workforce integration, collaboration record upkeep, onboarding problem-solving techniques, incorporating transactional data into business practices, and more. All these work into a cohesive whole to ensure a successful overall process for a paper mill.
Once a process has been laid out, maintenance and monitoring grow in importance. The process will need to be assessed by going through a checklist of considerations, including demand management, manufacturing requirements, budget/product ratio, overall profitability, and personnel capacity. If this process checklist is sufficiently satisfied, production will maintain and move north.
Assess the Performance of Mill Employees
There’s something to be said about competency, which we’ve already touched on before. Using proven trackers of performance (KPIs, for example) to evaluate employees can help them learn where they’re inefficient and better know what to work on. Ideally, this will boost their competency in performing their specific role.
Performance isn’t exclusive to one category. It can be assessed based on a number of criteria, including conversion percentage, customer service, company loyalty, ticket returns, and more. Performance that meets, or exceeds, outlined metric standards set up processes for success. Plus, high performance levels impact overall product quality and mill output potential.
Integrate Tools That Help You Keep Track
No business benefits from going into something blind. That’s true in virtually all aspects, from customer relations to content management. Incorporating well-tooled platforms, mediums, and CRMs achieves a greater understanding, enhanced visibility, better maintenance, and much more for your paper mill.
Keep orders tracked. Maintain your processes. Ensure quality and upkeep in equipment. Be knowledgeable about analytics. All these, and more, can be done effectively and efficiently with the use of a trusty platform.
Put ProcessBarron to Good Use
To continually increase your paper mill’s production, you need the right partner. ProcessBarron understands the intricacies behind the pulp and paper industry, and the needs your mill has. We’ll work with you to find custom, turnkey solutions for equipment, service, preventative maintenance, and more. Request a quote for our work, contact a representative, and stay knowledgeable about industry specifics you can’t afford to miss.