Factory Fabrication Made Easy
By Features Desk
Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
A lot of people love the idea of starting their own factory. Being able to manufacture the products that you sell can lead to huge savings. And, with the way things are going; it looks like having your manufacturing done at home could be the best way forward. Of course, this means that you have a lot of work to do. Starting a factory will never be easy. There’s loads to think about and loads to do. So, you have to get working right away. Thankfully, though, you’re not alone. This post will be going through a few of the considerations you’ll need to make before opening your own plant. You just have to do the work!
The first stage of a venture like this is coming up with the process that you will be using to make your products. You’ll need this knowledge to know which manies to buy and how much space you’ll need. Your process should be as refined as possible, with few people required. And, it should be easy for you to handle on your own if you have to. Of course, you may have to do some research at this stage; to find out which methods are best for the products that you would like to make. If you don't do this sort of work, you’ll find that you struggle to get the rest of the stages of this task complete. You can get some help, if you need it, though. There are loads of companies out there that are dedicated to helping companies find the best ways to make their products. These sorts of services will usually include some prototyping of your products. And, will help you to make sure that you’re building the easiest and fastest possible process.
A big part of your process will be material handling. This is the task of moving materials from one part of the factory to another, or when people clean or prepare materials. To do these jobs, your staff have to be equipped with the right gear. Certain materials might require safety equipment to handle. And, some materials will be far too large for people to carry. For example, if you work in construction; you may need some bearing transfer units by Hudson Bearings to help carry the load of metal girders. Always make sure that you’re following the law when you consider this side of your factory.
Once you have your process outlined, you’ll have a good idea of the machines that you need to get the job done. But, now, you have to pick the exact machines that you’re going to buy. The biggest factor you have to think about here is cost. But, you can’t just think of the immediate costs. Buying cheaper machines will save you money now. Over the years, though, you may have to repair or replace the machines. If you had spent more; this may not have been the case. You should be looking for a product that offers the right level of quality for the right price; not just the cheapest option. This will take some serious researching. But, it could be very much worth it in the end.
Figuring out where to buy machines like this from can be a challenge. Usually, you can go directly the manufacturer to get machines. This will give you a chance to get the exact model that you want. And, it may even allow you to make some customisations. If you don’t have access to this sort of resource, though, you’ll have to start thinking outside of the box. You will find loads of industrial equipment on websites like eBay. But, these will often be used. So, you might have to look for a company that specialises in helping factories fill themselves. This sort of consultancy can be quite expensive. But, it will be worth it in the end. You will often find that you can get machines on lease. This is great for a short time. But, you will want to look into buying your own machines as soon as possible; even if it’s on credit. Otherwise, you’re throwing money away.
Staff are expensive. And, unfortunately, they tend to slow things down in this sort of environment. So, you need to be aiming to have as few employees as you possibly can. This will usually involve a little bit of automation. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to have robots controlling your factory. But, you can have machines that feed themselves materials and start jobs by themselves. Systems like this will usually be built into the machines that you buy. So, you may need an employee to help you set it up. It’s always good to have someone on-site who knows how to repair and use the machines you have. You can learn something like this yourself. Or, you can pay someone else to do it for you.
It’s likely that you will have to hire at least one person in this sort of environment. And, usually, people would use a recruitment agency to do this for them. This will be expensive, though. Especially when you consider that you can do the work yourself. Start by making a detailed job description. Share it with friends or colleagues to make sure that it makes sense. And, then, post it on a couple of job sites. This will start the ball rolling, and you’ll start to see people applying for the role. Doing this sort of you're yourself can save thousands when it comes to getting your employees. Always make sure you have contracts and other legal documents ready for their arrival.
Hopefully, this will give you the inspiration you need to bring your manufacturing home. This sort of effort can be great for your local community. You will create new jobs and have more income coming to the area. It will also allow you to keep better records of the manufacturing you do. And, will give you more control over it. This sort of work is perfect for those who make one or two products, which don’t take loads of space to make.