A manufacturing strategy needs to be developed. The strategy must be documented and communicated to appropriate personnel to ensure it is complete, meets the business objectives, and ultimately is re«ected in the design for the product. Developing a strategy for producing the product involves work on ve major fronts:
• Production plan • Quality plan • Test plan • Materials plan • Supplier plan
The production plan details how manufacturing will produce the product. The rst step is dening the requirements of the production process. Some of these requirements will be found in the business proposal and product specication. A bill of materials structure is developed for the product that best meets the dened requirements. Based on this bill of materials, a process «ow diagram can be developed along with specic details of inventory levels and locations, test points, skills, resources, tooling required, and processing times.