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5 things manufacturers should do to upscale their business

There comes a time when every startup must decide what to do with its future. Should you maintain the status quo, or are you ready for the next level?

In manufacturing, this decision is especially risky. If your business isn't ready to expand exponentially, you could be making an existential mistake. On the other hand, if you're not upscaling at the right moment, you may miss a major opportunity.

Here are five things manufacturers should be doing when they upscale their operation.

1. Make a plan of action
As volume fluctuates, sudden increases in demand may influence manufacturers to alter their systems. According to an April study in the Journal of Manufacturing Systems, ad-hoc decision-making is an insufficient means of transitioning to higher volume.

In other words, manufacturers need a systematic, scheduled approach to upscaling. To best carry out your transition, establish a plan of action. Assign a timeline to unfold that plan throughout the duration of the process.

2. Establish measurable KPIs
Equally important to that plan are the relevant key-performance indicators (KPIs) your business chooses. Make sure your goals are clearly established with measurable benchmarks. When you know exactly what success is supposed to look like, you'll know if upscaling is going according to plan. Better yet, you'll be able to adjust that plan if you're missing the mark.

3. Don't forget about company culture
While manufacturers concern themselves with the scaling process, they may let company culture fall through the cracks. It's important for companies to maintain a common enterprise-wide purpose, according to Aberdeen's Abigail White.

"When you are scaling, core values can get lost or muddled," claims White. "Renewing your dedication to those values will attract the best talent, help you obtain the best technology for analyzing and managing your financial data, and clearly define how to continue to scale."

4. While you upscale the business, rescale your workforce
In taking on growth, your company also takes on demand. To meet those rising expectations, manufacturers depend on their workforce to step up to the plate and swing for the fences. However, as labor shortages continue, manufacturers may end up striking out.

To mitigate that risk, it's imperative that the workforce is rescaled. By training employees in new skills, they can take on different tasks and improve overall performance. Better yet, they can be cross-trained to pick up the slack where other workers have fallen behind.

5. Invest in technology
It's important that your infrastructure of technology is also equipped to handle an increase in volume. You may find that your business needs to upgrade your legacy software or hardware to newer solutions. As a result, manufacturers can optimize manufacturing processes while also supporting greater volumes of demand.

Smart factory technologies, according to Deloitte, helped one manufacturer improve visibility on the shop floor while scaling up the business. The smart solutions led to an annual cost savings of over $1 million on just one production line.

Indeed, technological investments are a major asset to scaling. When paired with a systematic approach, manufacturers can effectively upscale their operations.