One of the main points of tracking the production of any item you make is efficiency.
- How many widgets did you make last week vs. this week?
- How many yesterday vs. a week ago?
- Do you get more done at a particular time of day?
- What time of day do most of your production defects crop up?
To answer these questions, you first need to track how many widgets you make and when you make them.
You don’t need a complicated, expensive MRP (Manufacturing Resource Planning) system to this. More than anything, you need data! Whether that data is collected manually with pencil and paper or electronically, by automated counters is up to you.