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Operations Management - Process-focused manufacturing?

Lawn Animal makes lawn mowers. Most of the parts for the lawn mowers are bought from other companies, and Lawn Animal assembles those parts to produce the lawn mowers. There are several functions that are performed in producing these lawn mowers. First, the main mower platform, which is purchased from a supplier, is de-burred and painted; then the wheels and handle are attached to the main mower platform; then the motor is installed on the main mower platform; and, finally, the controls are installed and the mower is tested.

a) Is this process-focused manufacturing? Why?

b) How can scheduling make this process more efficient?

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a) Is this process-focused manufacturing? Why?

By definition, it appears to be an example of process-focused manufacturing. For example, process-focused factories are often called job shops, much as described in the above scenario e.g. assembling parts to produce the lawn mowers. A job shop's work centers are organized around similar types of equipment or operations, like we see at Lawn Animal (e.g. the main mower platform, which is purchased from a supplier, is de-burred and painted; then the wheels and handle are attached to the main mower platform; then the motor is installed on the main mower platform; and, finally, the controls are installed and the mower is tested). In process-focused manufacturing, workers and machines are also flexible and can be assigned to and reassigned to many different orders. And, although helpful, job shops are complex to schedule. ...

Solution Summary

Based on the scenario, this solution discusses if it an example of process-focused manufacturing, and why. It also explains how scheduling can make this process more efficient.

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