Four strategies to increase agility in manufacturing
1. Share information in real-time
People need information and they need it now. This could be about health and safety measures, new workplace practices, changing strategies and everything else that was impacted by the pandemic. The less accessible the information is, the more disorganised things become. Sharing information in real-time allows everyone to have the answers they need on demand allows for better communication.
2. Review data quality
Clean data is the initial point for scaling downstream operations. When data is missing, incorrect or out-of-date, it means unnecessary rework and manual review. By using automation to continuously review data and proactively act on inconsistencies enables all of the downstream processes that interact with that data to transition quickly and efficiently.
3. Identify information bottlenecks
The pandemic accelerated existing information bottlenecks in organisations and created several new ones. Analysing how internal communication works and how information flows through an organisation - identifies where these bottlenecks are and suggests how they can be resolved. Better access to information helps accelerate and improve decision-making.
4. Trigger a process to fix an issue
By automatically triggering an automated process to track and manage an issue allows teams to coordinate all of the required activities around issue resolution and provide visibility into roadblocks or delays in getting to a solution. When a new issue is recognised, it can be quickly and automatically assigned to the right owner based on area of expertise, business function or priority, which avoids multiple handoffs and back-and-forths to find the right owner. Upon being assigned, an automated process can keep both the submitter and escalation paths informed on the current status and expected resolution date.
Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories
Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy
Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too.
"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "
In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).
By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."
2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction
Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.
2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening
Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year.
2017: Giga New York begins production
Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.
2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time
In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.
2019: Giga Berlin begins construction
Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.
2020: Giga Texas begins construction
The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.
2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction
Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.