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If all of the increase is due to one new customer, it ...

If all of the increase is due to one new customer, it may be prudent to use a temporary measure for a time before incurring any major expenditure.

The new customer may have overestimated the demand for his product. Some of the suppliers to de Lorcan learned this the hard way. There are so many different types of manufacturing operations that it is difficult to classify them in any simple way.

The commonest classification is to split them into three main types: a. continuous operation; b. batch operation; c. one-off production.

Most continuous operation is highly capital intensive eg oil refining, car manufacturing and on a much larger scale than the businesses of most readers of this website. Batch operation is often capital intensive, on a more modest scale, and covers a tremendous range of industries: textiles, food processing, printing, furniture, chemicals, engineering components, etc. One-off production covers the full gamut of size and capitalization.

from the painter to the shipbuilder.

Another method classification is into own production and jobbing operation. In the former, one makes according to one's own design and distributes and sells the product. In the latter, one is carrying out the operation under contract to someone else who supplies the raw materials/components and takes away the product. This is most frequently done as a batch operation but may be on a one-off basis.

It will be seen that own production gives more control over some of the factors which influence capacity.

It is very rare for every part of the manufacturing process or equipment to hit the limit at the same capacity. Normally the limit is first reached at one point only, called the bottle-neck. This is fortunate because it may not be necessary to increase the capacity of the whole system just the bottle-neck. Of course, as soon as that bottle-neck is overcome, you may find another very close behind it which must be similarly enlarged.

Also, if you run on a batch basis, making successive batches of different products, you may find that the bottle-neck is in a different place for different products.

Finding the bottle-neck Finding the bottle-neck in a continuous operation is usually ...

Finding the bottle-neck Finding the bottle-neck in a continuous operation is usually a straightforward but not ne... read more

If you have no option but to install more equipment, try first ...

If you have no option but to install more equipment, try first to get second-hand 'equipment in good condition, since this is often very reasonably priced. If you ... read more

As a general rule, it is not a good idea for a ...

As a general rule, it is not a good idea for a small manufacturing business to have more than one location.

It puts more strain on the owner and superv