During my time in manufacturing, I managed a variety of operations and departments. In each of my positions, I did what I could to ensure employees returned home after work in the same physical condition as they arrived.
Sawmills have changed a lot since the pioneer days. The overall process is still the same: a rough log goes in on one side and a precision-cut board comes out the other side. But the sophistication and speed it takes has changed.
As summer approaches, many of your employees will plan on taking time off. They may want to spend time relaxing, traveling, or seeing family and friends. As an employer, you want to accommodate their vacation requests, but you also understand that customers expect you to deliver products as promised.
If you do any machining in your business, whether it is conventional or computer numerical control (CNC), you have to work with coolant. During my years as a machining and manufacturing manager, I had monthly coolant bills that ranged from $5,000 to $9,500. The coolant costs ensured we could operate at a high level on a 24/7 schedule.