4. Process Manufacturing (Continuous)
Process manufacturing (also called continuous manufacturing) is similar to repetitive manufacturing as it too also runs 24/7. However, the difference is that this manufacturing process productions raw materials are gases, liquids, powders, or slurries. But, in areas like mining, the products can be granule materials.
Product designs are similar, unless the disciplines to create a final product or a production process is more diverse.
5. Process Manufacturing (Batch)
Process manufacturing (also called batch manufacturing) shares similarities with discrete and job shop processes. Depending on consumer demand, one batch could be enough to meet that demand. Once a batch is completed, the equipment is cleaned, ready to produce the next batch when needed. Batch processes are continuous in nature.
Continuous batch processes are achievable when the ingredients or raw materials cannot be made to a strict standard. Just like Process manufacturing (continuous) the product ingredients are similar, and the production process is more diverse.
Bonus Sixth Manufacturing Process
Technological advancements mean that there is now technically a sixth manufacturing process, which has a legitimate reason to credited. And no, it’s not a para-manufacturing concept.
3D printing, first conceived in the 1980’s, means that products can be produced from various composites and materials, instead of the traditional methods of physical labor or automation.
There’s been an 875% growth in the last five years and although in it’s still in its infancy, 3D printing promises to be a potential avenue as a manufacturing technique in the future. With the possibility of even being able to make food!
We hope that you were able to find this blog useful in better understanding the manufacturing industry as a whole and the types of manufacturing processes out there, ready to be incorporated by a manufacturer such as yourself.
Once you’ve contemplated the types of manufacturing processes and decided which is most beneficial to your company for keeping up with customer demand and minimizing waste, you can go ahead and incorporate Katana into your business. Our Smart Manufacturing Software will see that your manufacturing output is at its most efficient.