Management has to intervene at times to ensure timely delivery of orders.
Some or the other components / sub-assemblies tend to be unavailable when needed.
At times long production campaigns delay the delivery of some products.
There are requests from the sales team to change the production plan for the month.
Purchase team has to expedite with RM / bought-out parts suppliers.
The space in the plant becomes blocked with partially assembled orders.
Special initiatives are taken to reduce inventory.
WIP / FG balloons during the middle of the month.
Despite having adequate capacity, the plant has to do overtime (beyond planned limits).
Customers / sales people complain that the orders are not ready in time.
Despite advanced planning there is considerable daily firefighting across departments.
Work has to be initiated even if all material and documents (design and approvals) is not available
There is a disagreement on the quoted delivery lead time between sales team and operations.
There is conflict of priorities in the design department.
Execution is at times interrupted to support design.
What is your monthly production / dispatch pattern?
What is the level of working capital deployed in the company?