So far in the Did You Know blog series we’ve mostly talked about the solutions Fishbowl integrates with. Now it’s time to dig into the software itself and discuss what it does. We’ll begin by talking about a useful feature found in Fishbowl Manufacturing: Production stages.
I very creatively talked about production stages in my blog post “All the World’s a Stage of Production.” Be sure to check out that funny and informative take on this topic.
What Is a Production Stage?
Fishbowl Manufacturing uses production stages in the form of multilevel work orders. Basically, work orders in Fishbowl can be devised in a way that maps out the order of steps that are needed in order to finish a product.
So you can’t move on step 6 until steps 1-5 are completed in order because trying to skip ahead simply wouldn’t work. Production stages work in manufacturers’ favor for the following reasons:
- It’s possible to estimate how much time it will take to finish each stage, as well as how much time it will take to generate the finished product.
- You can assign each production stage to a worker, so there’s a clear stewardship and you know who to approach if a step isn’t done on time.
- Scheduling the various stages that need to take place is fairly simple, ensuring nothing gets missed and that there’s a clear timetable.
- Production stages create order from chaos. All the data on production times, materials, and assigned workers is spelled out in Fishbowl’s interface.
Basically, production stages are a huge help for manufacturers. If you have complex manufacturing jobs requiring multiple steps, Fishbowl Manufacturing is an ideal solution.
More Questions Answered
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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.