All buyers know keeping a close eye on production is important and that catching problems earlier is far cheaper than later; however, few effectively do. There are two ways to effectively monitory production of your product:
- taking several snapshots along the production cycle by performing 1-day inspections
- looking at the movie as it unfolds by stationing 1 technician in the factory for a certain period.
3 main factors should be considered: the process and the product, the production status and allocated capacity, and the place of production. It is vital and necessary for any buyer to ask the supplier to provide the CAR (Corrective Action Request). Moreover, large or complex projects should use a Gantt chart to more closely follow the production process and completion dates.