Take These Steps to Restore Operations

While most Association member companies remained operational throughout North America’s many stay-at-home orders, a few did not, and nowhere was it business as usual. As we emerge from the depth of disruption, consider these steps in ramping up operations.

Review Contingency Plans. If you haven’t yet used this crisis to review your company’s contingency plan as a basis for establishing recovery strategies, now is the time. The plan need not be COVID-19 specific but rather address unexpected operational disruptions and outline essential steps that will ensure continuity.

Take Inventory. A full view of current inventory is a critical first step. This includes a comparison of physical and digital inventories.

Review Immediate Customer Expectations. Understanding customer delivery requirements based on open orders and updated release schedules will provide the basis for establishing near-term production requirements.

Supplier Inventory and Near-Term Delivery. Take a look at the map and consider which supplies may be delayed based upon infection trends or individual state guidelines. Provide suppliers with a restart checklist so they can react to key operational needs. As part of this task, review which processes are outsourced to catch any other potential delays.

Evaluate Risks Around Production Changes. As you have realigned your plant floors to create distance between employees, have you introduced process risks or compromised controls for product quality?

Review Work Instructions. Examine whether operational changes have created a need for changes to work instructions.

Communicate with Stakeholders. Employees, customers and suppliers should know the status of your operations and what you are doing to protect your workforce and community.

If your plant has been idled, it is also critical to look at high-risk equipment and tooling that may be restart sensitive.

Source: Industry Week