All the world’s a stage of production, and all the parts and products merely players… or something like that.
The world thrives on an endless production cycle. Companies constantly obtain and sell new products, customers consume those products and come back for more, and vendors keep retailers well-stocked.
On a smaller scale, production stages refer to the steps manufacturers use to create products. For example, Fishbowl Manufacturing separates production stages into multilevel work orders. A work order is a document that lists the steps it takes to produce a specific product or group of products.
Simple products can be constructed using just one work order. But if a product is a bit more complex, it may require several work orders, which must be completed in the correct order because each one that follows builds on what came before and cannot begin until the previous work order is completed.
Work orders can be used for numerous manufacturing jobs – not just putting products together, but also:
- Taking products apart
- Fixing malfunctioning products
- Taking parts from one product and using them in another
- Product upkeep
- Organizing employees’ schedules
- And more
As I said at the start, all the world’s a stage of production, and when you use Fishbowl Manufacturing’s work orders (and its other manufacturing tools) you can tell exactly what production stage all of your products are on.
Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks, and small business. Fishbowl is the #1-requested manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.