How do I use trello in a manufacturing firm?

Hey there! I need a little help. I'm trying to get my company to start using trello but I can't figure out how to make it work for us so I'm just going to explain what I need. Basically, everytime we get a new job order, we get anything from 1-10 line items in it. We get confirmation to do different line items on different days. We have different departments that the product has to move through- from job creation in sales to design to machine programming to actual production. Is there any way I can make a board to track these different line items as it moves through the various stages? As in, I move just one line item from a certain project at a time from one stage to the next.
I want my boss to be able to clearly see how many line items from a certain job are pending, what is in a certain stage at the current time and what has been completed. 

I hope I explained this clearly enough. Thanks in advance!

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Matthew N Community Champion Jul 20, 2017

Hey Jonathan

Here's a mock up board that I came up with.  I added a list for the job name, and added 10 cards, 1 for each item for the job.  Inside each card (2 in this example), I added a checklist with 3 items..

  • Job Creation-Sales
  • Design
  • Completed  

I also added a due date for the item itself. 

On the front of the card with the checklist, you can see that 0/3 checklist items are complete (see 1st card for reference).  If you check off 1, it will show 1/3 complete (see 2nd card for reference)

Would something like this help?  Thoughts around it?


I could use something similar to this for my small manufacturing business. Would you be able to open up the Mock up Board so I can take a look.

Thanks for your help.

Stuart Wood

Hi, can you please share the board with me too? I'd like to have a look because i'm thinking to introduce trello for engineering manufacturing.

Thanks a lot!

Hi Jonathan,

I've written a blog post on this topic involving the Screenful Power-Up (which I'm one of the developers). I hope you find it relevant. 

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