This latest post on the Demand-Driven Matters blog outlines several distinctions between process and discrete manufacturing methods. Process manufacturing uses formulations versus Bills of Materials (BOMs) and assembles along a routing used by discrete manufacturers.
Discrete manufacturers are typically ETO (engineer-to-order), which includes make-to-stock (MTS), make-to-order (MTO), and assemble-to-order (ATO) production facilities. Because each product manufactured is unique, often requiring on-going modifications and engineering during the manufacturing process, there is a strong requirement for synchronized production planning, scheduling and execution. Without this alignment and real-time tracking of activity and status, operations may degrade and erode profitability.
Process manufacturers blend a batch – often a literal recipe as found in food and beverage manufacturing. Process manufacturers build something that cannot be taken apart; once the cake batter ingredients have been mixed, the ingredients cannot be removed from the finished goods produced. This makes process manufacturers formula-focused. Discrete manufacturers make finished goods that have components that can be taken apart and used in another capacity. Discrete manufacturing can be reversed, while process manufacturing is irreversible.
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