How to Properly Ramp Up Production

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When you run a business for so long, the time inevitably comes when you need to increase production. If you are lucky enough to be in that position, then you are blessed. Production increase means your service is in demand, and that means you are doing something right. For that, you can be proud of yourself and your team.

But taking the next step into increased production isn’t quite as simple as more input = more output. Therefore, it would be best if you made many considerations. The first one being, can you do it? If the answer is yes, you need to adapt to your new situation quickly and address the needs of your clients, employees, and company accordingly.

Here are some things you will need to consider.

Invest in Adequate Equipment

One of the first things you should think about is expanding your production infrastructure and methodology. Mainly, you will need to consider significant investment in new machinery capable of reaching your desired output goals. For example, you may need to invest in a top-of-the-line gummy machine facility to process your CBD-infused candy range that is capable of 30,000 gummies per hour.

Strategize Your Plan

The best machinery in the world is useless without a forward-thinking strategy. When you need to cater to a few thousand orders a week, everything is relatively straightforward. However, operating at ten times capacity requires a whole new approach. First, you have to figure out if company assets can afford to divert the necessary funds. If not, where will they come from? Then, detail the current situation and amend plans for the next 30 days and beyond in a detailed proposal.

Invest in Employees

Should your proposal be accepted by internal company shareholders or investors, the next stage is to provide enough workers to execute your vision. Again, referring back to the CBD gummy machine, consider whether existing employees can safely operate the machine. If not, it is helpful to calculate whether it is necessary for existing employees to attend physical or online courses, or hire new employees. Additionally, increased production means additional administration work.

Improve Existing Processes

Production increase requires that you adapt your existing approach or completely redefine a new model. For example, your current process might constrain requirements. In this case, you need to figure out where you can insert a new system, if at all. You might also require more area for operations, and a premises move could be beneficial. Value and non-value time, needed production cycle processes, and actual throughput should form your process basis. 

Ensure Suppliers Can Keep Up

A significant factor in determining whether your suppliers can keep up with your requirements is of paramount importance. For example, a combination of Covid-19 meant that manufacture had to be stopped. As a result, supply chain disruptions all but halted the semiconductor market. In addition, increased demand because of new video game console launches and a growing PC market means that companies like AMD, Intel, and ARM have come under stressful production demands.