When your production requirements exceeds available capacity you will need to increase your company’s Factory Capacity. This is done through the Factory Capacity decision screen under the Operations menu:
Note: The Operations menu is only available in Year 3 of the simulation.
Click on either “Buy” or “Sell” and then enter the amount of Standard Capacity Units (SCU) you wish to either purchase or sell.
Each unit of SCU that you purchase will cost you $200. So if you purchase 1,000 addition SCU this will cost you $200,000.
You can see how your Factory Capacity was used last year through the pie chart on the right-hand side of your screen:
What is Factory Idle Time?
Too much Factory Capacity relative to Production results in Factory Idle Time (Idle Capacity).
In practice you will always carry a small percentage of idle time. Less than 10% is acceptable. Any more than this can be considered an inefficient use of funds. Excess idle time can be resolved through increased production (if there is sufficient actual customer demand) or selling SCU.
If you have zero idle time this may indicate you suffered Lost Sales due to insufficient Factory Capacity. You should view the Lost Sales figures on the Product Summary or Market Summary reports.