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Running a Second Shift: Challenges for Manufacturers

Posted by Olivier Tisserand | Tue, Oct 14, 2014 0 Comments

“Let’s create a night shift!” 

Anyone working for a growing manufacturer has heard that before. Sounds easy and simple: hire a few more workers, no need for costly overtime anymore, and increase production to meet customer needs… Really?!


Back to teenage life? 

But who wants to work during night time and sleep all day? Who wants to be separated from the rest of the workforce (and the world at the same time)? Expect if the person you are looking for is a teenager, the daily program described above may not be appealing to many people. So why manufacturers have implemented a night shift and most importantly what made it a work? 

Before starting a second shift, here are 8 Questions Manufacturers Want to Ask their Workforce.

Recipe for succes

Implementing a second shift increases the utilization of equipment: the more hours equipment is run, the greater its production capacity. This allows prioritization of jobs that need be built first to meet a shipping window. Orders requiring extra processing time such as customization or optional powder coating could be planned and completed over two shifts. On the other hand, orders waiting for a part can be started later in the day. 

"Here we grow again!"

Thanks to the great business our loyal customers bring us, we have just started our second shift. We asked for volunteers among our current workers to start the second shift ; we needed well-trained and experienced workers. As a result, we hired new people to be trained during the day and they will eventually transfer to the night shift when ready. 

indelac_2nd_shiftFirst 4 Volunteers to Start the 2nd Shift here at Indelac