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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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Posted by Richard Byrom on 04/27 at 07:19 PM
  1. ODM or OPM which one is the best?

    Hi every body

    I work in a big steel company (explained below) and we wants to implement Oracle Manufacturing.
    Which solution is the best for our ? ODM / OPM / HybridPls help me.

    My Company is an Integrated steel plant (ISP)

    Raw material : Iron ore lumps, and fluxes such as limestone, dolomite are the major raw materials.

    Sintering Plant :That Produce sinters and pellets1(made from cooking some Raw materials)

    Coke Making: coke (made from cooking coal)

    Melting: Raw materials are charged in a blast furnace where hot air is pumped to melt iron and fluxes at 1600°C. The molten metal when cooled and solidified is called pig iron. Alternatively, it can be further refined to make steel. Slag (fluxes with foreign matter from ore) is separated, and blended with clinker to make cement.

    Refining: Molten metal from the blast furnace is taken to steel melting shop where further reduction of impurities is done in oxygen furnace (LD converter) or open health furnace which is old technology. The crude steel in liquid form is taken in a ladle for further refining/ addition of Ferro alloys etc.

    Casting: The liquid steel is cast into semi finished products such as billets, blooms, slabs etc. This process called continuous casting is different from old technology (still in use in older plants) where liquid steel is first solidified in large blocks called ingots and then rolled into semis, involving higher energy and waste in re-heating.

    Rolling: The semis such as billets, blooms, slabs are heated at 1200°C to make metal malleable and then rolled into finished products. Rolling mill for long products such as bars, angles, structural ,wire rods etc.

    Quality Control and Lab.


    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/07  at  07:48 PM
  2. Definitely sounds like process based manufacturing to me. You might want to post this question on the forum though.

    Posted by Richard Byrom  on  01/30  at  10:58 PM

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