Increasing The Volume: Four Keys To Success When Ramping Up Production

The lifecycle for many printed circuit board assemblies involves an accelerated volume after earlier proof-of-concept production. If your product reaches this stage, congratulations! But the work isn’t done. To ensure success during this ramping-up period, Niche works with our customers to avoid any unnecessary obstacles or delays.

Here are four steps critical that help ensure smooth sailing: 

Resolve Technical Issues

Often, production or technical concerns with a product or design may reveal themselves during early, lower-volume production cycles. Niche works to resolve those concerns before boosting production levels, because even small issues may become greatly magnified at higher volume.

Focus On Components

The components used in an earlier assembly may still be available – or they may be subject to a backlog or shortage. To avoid production delays, Niche carefully reviews a project’s bill of materials (BOM) prior to a volume increase.

Have A Contingency Plan

Even with a careful review of components, things can go wrong. We recommend planning for an unforeseeable shortage by identifying multiple substitutes for each of a project’s parts. When bad news hits, it pays to have a backup.

Define The Schedule

To achieve on-time delivery, the entire production schedule must be clearly defined in writing. When we create a schedule by working backward from the end delivery date, the Niche team is able to build in the right amount of time for each step in the process.

Ramping up production of a project is an exciting time for everyone involved. By taking these steps, Niche helps our customers sidestep potential obstacles and hit their target.

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