Discrete manufacturing


The following are characteristics of discrete manufacturing:

  • Order-based production (production in individual production orders)

  • Product changes frequently

  • Varying sequence of work centers (complex routings)

  • Semi-finished products often put into interim storage

  • Components staged with reference to order

  • Status processing

  • Completion confirmation (backflush) for individual operations or orders

  • Order-based cost accounting

  • Builds, assembles, produces in low volume with high complexity or high volume of low complexity

  • Makes products

  • Raw materials are most often measured in pieces

  • Products are usually scaled for an output of one (1)

  • Only has one product output

  • Waste can only be accounted for on raw material lines

    Diagram containing drawings of example products of discrete manufacturing.