Manufacturing for small businesses
Whether you have a small business or a big business you have to have a way of getting your product.Some businesses get their product from a separate manufacturing business.Some businesses do their own manufacturing and everything else; this is the case for most small businesses that are just starting out.Choosing the right manufacturing for your business can be a difficult decision.First you will have to think about the product that you are selling.The type of manufacturing you will need depends on the product. We will talk about different manufacturing systems available; this will make your decision on finding a manufacturing system for your small business easier.
Because you are a small business and your cash flow is probably limited you will need to think about a manufacturing system that is inexpensive and that does the job.When you business begins to build and you have more money to spend you can update your equipment, increase your work load and the number of employees you have.Before you choose a manufacturing system analyze your product, take notes on the process, you will better understand your product and the production process.
If your company is making a product specific to certain customers then you will need a custom manufacturing system.In this system you will make your product according to the customer's wishes.A lot of companies offer the luxury of a custom made product.Often you can go to a car dealership and not find the car that you want, in this situation you would have the opportunity of building the car you want and it will come to you from the factory with all the specific options.Basically this is a made to when ordered system.
If your product is in high demand and you need to make the product in small batches then you will need an intermitted system of manufacturing.This is a system that is used world wide.This system takes place when another system can not produce the product fast enough for demand.This is not the only mass production system available to you.
There is the continuous manufacturing system where there is an assembly line.Each person on the assembly line has a specific job that contributes to the completion of the product.The first step starts at the beginning of the line and the product moves down the line.This type of mass production is used when the product has complicated building steps.This is a good way to find problems with the product and get the problem fixed immediately.Because this system will involve people working on the assembly line it can get expensive.So this system might not be the best choice for your small business.
Another form of mass production is flexible production.This is the newest way of manufacturing available.This system combines intermitted, and continuous methods, the only difference is that the whole process is run by machines.These machines are controlled by computers.This is a good way to produce your product fast and at a low cost.This is really the way of future manufacturing.
Those were brief explanations of four types of manufacturing systems available.What ever you choose make sure that your system ensure that you have a quality product to supply to your customers.There are many resources available that can help you find the right manufacturing system for your small business.