Batch production is common in more than just bakeries and small businesses that produce in controlled quantities. Regularly, you can find batch production being utilized by companies that make consistent, measured products such as paint, shoes, ingredients for pharmaceuticals and much more. So what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this system that can help companies decide if it’s the right manufacturing process for them?
Pros of Batch Production
- Products can be produced in mass quantities, reducing the overall cost per unit
- Companies only focus on a small group of products, leading to greater quality control and product expertise
- Cost of labor is reduced, as workers only focus on a particular task or set of tasks
- Cost of machinery is reduced, as one machine can handle several different product configurations
- Lends itself to repeat orders, meaning a smoother, more consistent production flow over time
- Machinery isn’t always on, saving on energy costs
Cons of Batch Production
- Each batch must be tested for quality and uniformity before future batches can be produced, causing idle downtime
- Machinery must be stopped and recalibrated between batches, also causing downtime
- Storage costs are high for large batches of the same product
- Fewer varieties of jobs can demotivate employees
Batch production clearly has its place, primarily with companies looking to make a consistent, on-demand product while keeping costs low and ensuring quality standards. Share your comments or experiences regarding batch production in the comments section below. Be sure to visit us online at www.gesrepair.com or call us at 1-877-249-1701 to learn more about our services. We’re proud to offer Surplus, Complete Repair and Maintenance on all types of Industrial Electronics, Servo Motors, AC and DC Motors, Hydraulics and Pneumatics. Please subscribe to our YouTube page and Like Us on Facebook! Thank you!