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Production methods - Batch production

Author: Jim Riley  Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012

Production & operations - Batch production

Batch production occurs when many similar items are produced together. Each batch goes through one stage of the production process before moving onto next stage.  Good examples include:

  • Cricket bat manufacture
  • Baking / meal preparation
  • Clothing production

Bread baking is the classic example of batch production

The benefits and drawbacks of batch production include:



Making in batches reduces unit costs

Time lost switching between batches – machinery may need to be reset

Can still address specific customer needs (e.g. size, weight, style)

Need to keep stocks of raw materials. Cash also investment in work-in-progress

Use of specialist machinery & skills can increase output and productivity

Potentially de-motivating for  staff

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