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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Difference between Discrete, Process and Flow Manufacturing

This post contains links to where you can find explanations on these types of manufacturing which will enable you to determine the difference between them.

has a good article entitled Difference Between Discrete and Flow Manufacturing which is worth taking a look at. Oracle’s Page explains how each of these modules works and contains product data sheets you can download. A brief outline of each of the modules capabilities per the site is outlined below: -

Oracle Discrete Manufacturing helps you manage the entire product lifecycle for discrete manufacturing processes, from initial design and engineering through work-in-process to cost and quality management. Minimize costs and cycle times while supporting efficient mass customization as well as build-to-order and project-based manufacturing methodologies.

Oracle Flow Manufacturing supports the entire build-to-order manufacturing process, including make-to-stock, configure-to-order, discrete-repetitive, assemble-to-order, and engineer-to-order. Initiate schedules as soon as customer orders are complete, and ensure shipment as soon as build is complete. Results include shorter cycle times, balanced production, reduced inventory costs, and improved product quality.

Oracle Process Manufacturing automates the entire product lifecycle for recipe-based manufacturing, from new product development, recipe management and production, to cost, quality, and regulatory management. It enables you to formulate products to individual customer specifications, manage variability, optimize capacity, and drive continuous process improvement.

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