Basics of Production Inventory Management


Production inventory management differs from general warehouse management because it involves the determination of how quickly to produce a particular product. The factors involved in many cases are similar, though there are some variances in making the final decision as to how quickly manufacturing should push items through the production line.

Available Materials

Of course, the first concern in production

inventory management is on the front end of  the process. If you donít have the materials required for production, then you canít move forward in providing the products to others. You must make certain that you have all the supplies you need, from raw materials to factory workers, to complete the production process.

Supply and Demand

You must determine the current demand for the product on the market.

Good production inventory management occurs when you produce just enough material to satisfy customersí needs without overextending the production line and manufacturing too many of any given product.

You donít want an incredible amount of back stock lying around, as this detracts from your net profit.
On the other hand, you donít want to be in short supply when a large order comes in, so having a little extra on hand is a great idea, and making sure you are prepared to make a production run for such orders is vital.


Quality Control

Never simply assume that everything manufactured will be flawless. An important consideration in production inventory management is to allow room for error. In other words, calculate a sufficient amount of product to assume that, even with flaws that get past quality control efforts, there is sufficient stock of the product required.

Cost Analysis

In many instances, even the best production

inventory management strategies fail in the long run due to the cost of the production process being overlooked as a factor. It is important to maintain a cost effective production process, and this includes making sure that your inventory is not an overwhelming factor. This comes back to not overproducing any items that come off the assembly lines. Doing so is a waste of time and materials, costing you excess money to create.

Obviously, conservation of the materials, time, and energy consumed in manufacturing unnecessary goods is essential to maintaining a cost effective production inventory management strategy.
Be proactive in keeping close watch on all occurrences in your production or manufacturing facility to make sure that there is no waste, and you are guaranteed to achieve a greater standard of success and profitability.


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