Nobody starts a business with the aim of staying in the same position forever. Every entrepreneur wants to grow and increase market share resulting in higher profitability levels. Even in an engineering or scientific setting, researchers need to scale up whatever they’re working on.
Most of the research will start with the equipment of a specific size. Eventually, the researchers will need to replicate the processes and findings in larger equipment until they reach industrial level proportions. The researchers have to ensure that even as they scale up, they preserve the original research’s basic characteristics.
A scale-up process requires time and proper approach for its successful execution. Without the appropriate guidance or support, the process can be challenging and not without its frustrations. To make the process smoother, it is crucial to have a scale of methodology. It refers to a set of specific steps you take to achieve the scale-up.
Scale-Up Methodology Components
A scale-up from industrial to commercial production may require specific steps such as: Carry out an assessment of the industrial process to determine whether a scale-up is viable at that particular time. It requires objectivity because you will need to look at different factors such as leadership, the business strategy, financial capabilities, and the human resources
Have long-term goals in mind before starting. It helps to know what the projections are for the outcome.
Careful planning and assessment of the steps the business will have to take for the successful execution of the scale-up.
Execution requires the establishment of measurable metrics.
Preparing for any unexpected occurrences that may impact on the scale-up process
A scale-up process will typically occur in two stages. The first is the pilot, where the researchers determine whether it is possible to transform lab into manufacturing scale processes. The second is the demo scale. Both are very important for minimizing errors and providing a clearer picture of the final process.
Coming up with a methodology requires time and a careful thought process before implementation.