- This is one of the development steps of the Template:Enterprise
- Facility refers to the Production Facility or workshop, and Layout/organization for carrying out production.
- Sample layout is shown at OSE Workshop - but not specifically for kit production but more for Extreme Manufacturing workshops.
- Facility enables Production.
To document a facility design for producing kits, as part of Distributive Enterprise Financial Independence programs :
- Provide a conceptual layout drawing. A layout will include all major work stations and what steps are carried in that work station.
- The sequence of required steps and where they take place should be apparent from a facility design
- Design should include where materials are stored, where utilities are located, and workstations should be identified.
- Critical notes on equipment or its use should be recorded
- Produce a workflow diagram for what moves to where during a production process
- Note that critical aspects of a kit production facility are:
- Receiving - how and where materials are delivered to site or stored prior to Inventory Storage. This should include how shipments are verified to make sure that supplies are on hand in time for production
- Materials Storage - or Inventory Storage - How and where are material supplies stored for for picking from Picking Bins. Materials storage is for units of 12. If materials fit in picking bins, then no Materials storage bins are used for that material. Materials storage should be organized in a sensible way, by order of picking from a Picking List.
- Picking Bins - how materials are organized for picking into kits. This could apply to the production of 1-12 kits at one time. Parts go from picking bins Packign Bins. Note that if some parts must be processed between Receiving and Packign bins - those processed materials should end up in Picking Bins, unless production is on demand and any processing (cutting, grinding, soldering, welding, etc) is done while a kit is picked. On-demand processing allows for more robust inventory (supply), in that materials may still remain available for producing other products - and materials are processed only on demand. On-demand production may take more time - but can be optimized with the use of well-defined production stations - so that on-demand production is as effective as batch or bulk production.
- Packign Bins - system for how parts are grouped when picked from Picking Bins. This is prior to final packing.
- Packing Area - tables, boxes, containters, packign tape, etc. How parts are packaged and labels printed for shipping.
- Shipping - mechanism by which packed boxes are trasferred to a transportation or shipping company. This may involve the post office, UPS pickup, personal delivery, etc.