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BATCH PRODUCTION

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The way products are manufactured depends on the quantity required. For example, cars are continually manufactured in hundreds of thousands , a prototype is a ‘one off’ (just one made) and DIY furniture is made in batches of thousands. Batch production is described below.

   

BATCH
PRODUCTION

SAMPLE PRODUCTS

FURNITURE
ELECTRICAL GOODS
CLOTHING
NEWSPAPERS
BOOKS
SAMPLE PRODUCTS

CHARACTERISTICS

1. A production line is set up.
2. Each worker completes one task and passing
down the production line to the next worker.
3. The workers are semi skilled or unskilled.
4. The workers must be able to switch from
one part of the production line to another.
They are called a flexible workforce
5. The production line can be changed
quickly, so that different products can be made.
6. Often individual parts of the product are
bought from other companies and assembled
on the production line.
7. The production lines runs for a certain amount
of time and then the product is changed.

   

 

   

The example production line (shown below) is that of an engineering company, manufacturing small steel products such as hinges and locks. They manufacture batches of five hundred at a time. The workers are unskilled and semi skilled. As each task is completed the item being manufactured is passed down the production line to the next worker, until it is complete.

   
   

   
   
QUESTIONS:
1. Draw a flowchart to represent the production line shown in the example.
 

 

 

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