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  • 1:27 In Production
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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Read this lesson to see how using batching can increase your productivity. Learn how performing your tasks in groups saves you time and money. Learn how you can do this in both production and operations.

Batching

Batching is when you perform the same task all at the same time. For example, if you are sewing bags to sell, batching would involve first cutting the fabric pieces for all the bags you are planning to sew today. Then, you sew the bag part for all the bags. After that, you sew on all the handles. Instead of making one bag at a time, you do the same step for all the bags in batches for each step. While you may not think this saves time, it actually does.

Efficiency

You actually end up needing less time per bag when you sew the bags using a batching process. Your efficiency increases and this in turn, will help improve your profits. How does this work? You save time because once you start on a task, it takes less time to keep going on that task than to switch gears and start on another.

It's like leaving a car on versus turning it off and then on again. Is it faster to start driving with your car already on or starting from off? It's faster to start driving if your car is already on. All you have to do is to put your car in gear and you can go. If your car is off, then you first have to turn it on, wait for it to start, then put it in gear before driving.

When you make your products using batching, you only need to stop and prep for the next step when you are completely done with each step. You don't have to stop and prep for each step for each bag. You do it once per step for all your bags.

In Production

How can you use this batching process in production? You need to figure out what your steps are to produce your products. Then you do the first step for all the products you need to make before moving on to the next step for all the products. If you have employees, you can set up teams for each step. You will have an assembly line of sorts. One group will do step 1 and another group will do step 2 and so on. Group 1 passes their step 1 products to group 2 to do step 2 and so on.

In Operations

You can also use batching in the daily operations of your business. If you have a group of related tasks, you can do them all together. To accomplish this, you need to plan well for it. You need to know exactly what you need to do in a day.

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