Throughput expectations are used in most production organizations. Some organizations have a throughput expectation without any planning to support the expectation. Other organizations plan throughput goals without collaborating with their internal and external suppliers to learn efficient supply quantities and frequency to better establish fair expectations. No matter what, you had better have at least some kind of an idea on the amount of material or items passing through your organization.
Have a Clear Idea of Your Limits
One thing you have to do is know your maximum limits. It doesn’t make economic sense to produce more than you can sell, ship, or keep in your warehouse. When you know your limit, you can work efficiently up to that limit and then work to add value in other areas of your organization.
Craft Your Throughput Expectations
When you have a clear idea of your limits, you can then create throughput goals and expectations. Once you have that expectation, it’s time to direct your suppliers, both internal and external. You need to approach this with an open mind and be ready to be flexible. You should also make sure to hold them accountable to the thresholds you and they agree to. Additionally, you need to make room for evaluations so that you can adjust the plan as needed for new circumstances.
Analyze Your Team and Streamline the Process
There are often considerable savings hiding in the assembly line. Take a close look at everything your team is doing. Look for inefficiencies or poor quality in an area of the process. Any time spent that isn’t part of the assembly plan is a hidden cost you can eliminate. Focus on setting expectations and placing accountability on your supply chain. The same goes for your suppliers and vendors. Everyone needs to be operating smoothly and efficiently to maximize throughput and keep uptime efficiency high.
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