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Flow Production


Production is organised so that different operations can be carried out one after another, in a continuous sequence.  For example, cars will move from one operation to the next, often along a conveyor belt.  The main features of flow production are:

  • Large quantities are produced.
  • Simplified or standard product.
  • Semi-skilled workforce specialising in one task only.
  • High degree of automisation.
  • Large stocks or raw materials and work in progress.


It is sometimes called mass production due to the large number of goods being made.  Flow production often relies upon the use of computers to control the production process.  They control the speed and conditions whilst monitoring levels of quality.  They allow large numbers o fproducts to be produced continually to exact standards or control continuous production which has many processes.





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