True horror isn’t reading the words “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” on page after page of Jack Torrance’s manuscript. No, the real horror is found in the statement, “All work orders and no supply makes for a lack of full bays.”
I’m joking, of course. That’s one of the most unsettling scenes in The Shining (1980). But one of the scariest things in running a manufacturing business is to run out of the very materials they need to make their products.
I know I already did my customary Halloween blog post earlier this month, but I couldn’t help myself. This idea was just too fun to pass up.
So come play with us, Danny, as we shine a light on the issues of work orders and supply chain management.
What is a work order but a document that helps manufacturers organize their manufacturing efforts? Work orders can be used for a variety of jobs, including:
- Putting products together
- Taking products apart
- Removing parts from one product and putting them into another product
- Fixing nonfunctioning products
- Performing scheduled maintenance on products
- And plenty of others
Work orders help companies manage their employees with the help of production stages. Each stage of production can be assigned to a worker so that there is instant accountability and a clear chain of the order that the steps must be completed in.
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
To make sure you have enough raw materials to make good on all of your work orders, it’s a good idea to:
- Set automatic reorder points on everything in your warehouse(s)
- Do periodic cycle counts on your inventory
- Monitor vendor performance over time
- Track incoming and outgoing orders
Fishbowl has advanced order management features to make sure you stay on top of your supply chain management.
Some Places Shine
Fishbowl Manufacturing is an excellent manufacturing solution, giving you the manufacturing tools you need, such as multilevel work orders and bills of materials, to handle your production needs.
Fishbowl lets you generate work orders faster than you can say “Redrum.” Let your business shine with the help of Fishbowl’s work orders and other manufacturing features.
And have a happy Halloween!
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.