Working as an employee for a bridge crane manufacturer you may wonder how your company decides to produce "x" number of cranes every year. It is not as though bridge cranes are a high demand piece of equipment, since "There is no trend in equipment...". This holds true of any type of heavy construction equipment, from floating cranes that build bridges to bridge cranes that lift heavy loads overhead and across a construction area. If you have ever wondered how your employer makes the call for production numbers, here is how that works.
Contracts and Pre-Orders
First and foremost, the company you work for relies heavily on secured contracts and pre-orders. The contracts and pre-orders are assured business--there is money coming in at the completion of the orders for the bridge cranes you and the other employees make. Contracts cannot be cancelled, ensuring that there is definite income for the company. Pre-orders may be cancelled, unless there is a stipulation that requires a certain monetary deposit be placed at the time of the order and that the deposit is non-refundable. (Your rate of pay and the number of employees the company can afford is also based on contract orders and pre-orders.)
Producing Extra Bridge Cranes
Building extra bridge cranes is not like building a ton of extra cars. Your employer does not want to waste valuable resources producing heavy equipment that will sit indefinitely. Instead, the company's board of directors will examine the statistics and the statistical probability of the number of bridge cranes which may need repair or replacement for the following year, and produce a number of extra bridge cranes that would meet the demand in the event that every one of those cranes would need to be fixed or replaced before next construction season. (If you live in the Southern half of the U.S., "construction season" never ends. In the Northern half of the U.S., it is only during the spring, summer and fall.)
When Too Many Cranes Are Produced
In the event that your employer decides to make extra cranes above and beyond their orders, contracts and the estimated number needed for the following year, they may make too many. If this happens, you will probably see a decrease in production, and your work hours may be cut. You may even be laid off for awhile. To avoid the lay-offs and the employment cutbacks, bridge crane manufacturers and other heavy construction equipment companies work hard to sell their current inventory while working harder to determine how many more cranes they should make.
For more information on overhead bridge crane manufacturing, contact a company like Wazee Crane.