What is a production warehouse?
A production warehouse fulfills many important roles for a manufacturing company and supports it in the production process. There are three different types of production warehouses:
- The upstream production warehouse
- The intermediate production warehouse
- The downstream production warehouse
What are the tasks of the various production warehouses?
The upstream production warehouse stores all raw materials used for production. This type of warehouse is often not located directly at the place of production. More important than proximity to the production site is keeping the cost of the warehouse down.
Intermediate production stages and semi-finished products are stored in the intermediate production warehouse. The goods stored here usually have a high turnover rate, as they are quickly used again for production. Therefore, quick access to the goods must be made possible here.
The finished products are stored in the downstream production warehouse. Since there is no longer any particular time pressure here, the focus is on storage capacity. Like the upstream production warehouse, the downstream one is often further away from the production site.