| How To Start Manufacturing Your Products On A Larger Scale

Posted in Manufacturing at 1:00 PM by Loftis Consulting

If your startup business is already up and running, congratulations; you’ve already achieved a great deal through plenty of determination and hard work. However, if your company produces products; you’ll need to increase your production volume for the business to continue to grow, and your manufacturing will have to expand to a larger scale.

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Location

The first thing you’ll need to choose is the location and size of the new manufacturing space; it’s important you pick a place wisely. Consider how much square footage you’ll need for all the machinery and production line to fit. You’ll also have to take into account room for storage of materials and finished stock, along with a contingency, for furthermore expansion.

As for location, think about how accessible the area is for materials and clients to get to, and for your finished products to leave after a sale. If you choose to have a separate location to house your stock, bear in mind the distance it resides from the factory and business. Renting a larger space, that can already facilitate your machinery, equipment, office space, and your staff is a wise decision. And, ensuring there is room left over for even more growth of the business, could potentially save you money in the future; so plan carefully.

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Equipment

It’s more than likely that you know exactly what equipment, machinery and facilities you need to expand, which is a crucial step in your expansion. Your manufacturing resource planning should be extremely detailed, so you know the exact cost of any new machinery, you’re going to buy and exactly where it will fit into the new space. You’ll also need to plan the cost of training, or employing qualified staff to run it successfully, with the knowledge of the equipment’s production capabilities firmly in your mind.

When it comes to your new machinery, or, perhaps the equipment you already have and will continue to use; you need to plan out the smartest way to maintain and run them. It’s important that everything is in optimum condition from start to finish, so consider the logistics of onsite maintenance and finishing; you can learn more from Reliant Finishing Systems and ensure you’ll have everything set up and ready to go on day one of production.

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Scheduling

Once you’ve found the correct environment, and your machinery is set up and ready; you’ll need to ensure that tight scheduling is in place. Everyone who works within your new production line needs to know exactly where to be and when, as it’s essential for both effective production and safety. Think about the capacity and constraints of your business and don’t push them too far, too soon; gradual growth, so you get an understanding of the new business, is the best way to move forward.

The timing of when materials are to be delivered need to be deliberate so that the suitable equipment and members of your team are there to unload and everything goes in the correct areas. Knowing what you have available and where it is, will keep everything running as smoothly as possible. And, if there are slip ups, you’ll be able to find out who or what is accountable with ease. For more information on the importance of scheduling, take a look here: https://asprova.net/2014/08/27/why-is-production-scheduling-necessary/.

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