5 Tips on shift transfer

In factories, shift transfers happen every day. The morning shift relieves the afternoon shift, and everybody wants to go home or get started. However, how do you make sure shift transfer is always successful?

Goals during shift transfer

During shift transfer, all the activities of one team need to further to the next team as efficiently as possible. So it’s essential to:
- Hand over a tidy workspace
- Detect and communicate on particularities or problems
The new team needs to be able to start the shift with minimum time loss.

5 Tips for a successful shift transfer

These five tips ensure a successful shift transfer.

Tip 1: Document how to transfer a workspace.
There’s no grip without standardization, so document what the workspace needs to look like to get the next shift off to a good start.

Tip 2: Find a regular spot for shift transfer.
Find the optimal setting for the right shift transfer. Where does it take place and who needs to attend? Find out what’s works for the teams and the factory. Often, the best spot is the line, with both teams fully present.

Tip 3: Ensure a structured and quick transfer.
Develop a format, a standard agenda that covers all aspects of the shift quickly. Keep things moving and make sure all current affairs are discussed.

Tip 4: Document shift transfer.
The goal of a transfer is not just about a smooth transfer process and an instruction for the next team. It’s also about creating an overview of current issues surrounding shift transfer in general. Management needs to know what’s going on during shift transfers too.

Tip 5: Implement changes in the shift or shift transfer.
Only when management knows the issues at hand during shifts or shift transfer, they can tackle structural problems. This way, improvement points can be implemented regarding shift activities or the shift transfer.

So how can Cierpa simplify shift transfer? 

Cierpa products work together to make shift transfer as easy as is possible. Cierpa Software uses uncluttered screens to present all the information you need.

- Cierpa Competence allows you to document and present standards. 
- Cierpa OEE enables you to generate shift reports, accessible with one click. OEE collects data from different sources, combines and orders all the information. That ensures a flawless transfer. Moreover, there ‘s only one clear source to reference.
- Cierpa Kaizen makes it easy to store improvements and to ensure follow-up. 

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5 Tips on shift transfer