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How an Efficient Workshop Improves your Bottom Line

Did you know that by increasing the efficiency of your workshop, you will automatically increase your bottom line?

Quite simply, the more work you can complete in the same number of hours, the more your bottom line increases.

To create an efficient workshop a lot of thought needs to be put into the layout of where items and equipment need to be placed for it to be the most efficient for your team and business. In this article, we share our top 6 ways to make your workshop more efficient and well equipped, to hence improve your bottom line.

Our top 6 ways to improve workshop efficiency

1. Drive through bays:

To enable heavy vehicles to save time by easily allowing them to be driven in and out. Reversing heavy vehicles is deemed a safety risk by some operators, so needs to be avoided where possible.

2. Have Commonly Used Items in a Central Location:

It is ideal to limit the walking distance to obtain regular tools, oils, grease etc. Having these items centrally located between the bays means they are easily obtained without effort or time.

3. Place Amenities in a Central Location:

Some workshops can be large, so consideration needs to be made on whether amenities such as toilets, basins etc are centrally located. If you have a large truck workshop and the amenities are located near the offices, it could be 15 mins away for a technician to wash their hands.

4. Workshop Pits:

These can be very good at improving efficiencies as a vehicle can drive onto the pit, drop waste oil, jack up and change wheels, attend to bearing or adjust brakes. The main efficiency of a workshop pit is that technicians can be working at workshop level at the same time they are under the vehicle. This means more work can be done simultaneously.

5. Hoists:

These can make complex heavy repair work much more efficient. By hoisting the vehicle in the air, your visibility is increased with natural light. Working height can be adjusted to suit the job and working on a flat workshop floor reduces hazards.

6. Diagnostic tools / Inspection Equipment:

These include Roller Brake Testers and Play Detectors which can improve efficiencies and profits. They can be used to diagnose the potential failure of components before they happen, helping repairers reduce downtime and provide the up sell.

As you can see, by making small changes to the way you layout your workshop, you’ll be able to run your shop more efficiently and watch your bottom line improve.

Want to plan a more successful workshop layout?

For more advice on the best solutions for your workshop, talk to the expert team at Levanta.

Get in touch with Levanta on 1300 577 541 or with your local office’s contact forms here.

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