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 WHAT IS A MANUFACTURING LOGBOOK ? DETAILED VERSION

V. Ryan 2014

 

 
A manufacturing production log, is an excellent way of recording the ‘stage by stage process of manufacturing a product. In its simplest form, it is a series of photographs accompanied by notes. A complex form, will be several sheets of photographs, with detailed notes. It is important that the notes refer to health and safety, practical skills, environmental issues and economic viability.
 
 
 
ADVANTAGES OF KEEPING AND MAINTAINING A PRODUCTION LOG
 

If a product is to be manufactured several times, the stages have been recorded during the manufacture of the prototype can be followed.

Problems encountered during manufacturing and how they were solved, can be recorded. Improvements and modifications can also be recorded.

The log is an excellent way of explaining the complexities of the manufacturing process, to a potential customer, a client or even an investor / bank manager.

The production log should explain damage to the environment during the manufacturing process, has been minimised. This could include the use of recycled materials and the use of sustainable materials. This evidence may be vital, when persuading environmentally aware customers to purchase your product.

A production log can helps to work out the cost of a project and all its component parts, as they are manufactured and assembled.

A good production log is like a training manual, helping the process of CI (Continuous Improvement). New staff can refer to the log, when trying to solve production problems.

A production log can be ‘added to’, continually leading to improvements in the manufacturing process and efficiency.

If a company is apply for a British Standards Certification, the log will be important evidence.

A production log allows the manufacturer to record problems and their solutions, which lead to a safer and more profitable production line.

 
 
 
 
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