Labor requirements are low and usually involve only monitoring and maintaining the machinery.
Also, firms in the lower-right quadrant line and continuous are classified as having a product layout. However, if we define quality as quality of design that is, "bells and whistles"—things that embody status, such as leather seats in an automobile or a handcrafted musical instrumentthen quality would be seen as a possible distinctive competence of upper-right firms.
A firm positioned in the lower-left corner would represent a unique one-time product produced by a continuous process, again not a feasible option. This would be especially true if the work content for component production or the volume needed was not sufficient for the creation of a dedicated line process.
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Van Mieghem, and Eitan Zemel. The strategic implications are obvious. Efficiency is difficult since every output must be treated differently. Industries that use this process include, gas, chemicals, electricity ores, rubber, petroleum, cement, paper, wood, and certain foods like milk, water, wheat, flour, sugar and spirits. Finch, Byron. Those in the upper-left quadrant of the matrix job shop and batch share a number of characteristics, as do those in the lower-right quadrant assembly line and continuous. High production levels also minimize the average fixed cost per unit. This is called a product layout. Hayes and Wheelwright illustrate this using a specialized manufacturer of printed circuit boards that produced customized products in low-volumes using an interrelated assembly-line process, placing the business in the undesirable lower-left corner of the matrix. For example, batch processing may be more suitable for individual components because of its nature or the volume needed is not sufficient for the line process, but the product itself is constructed on an assembly line.
Service may also be defined in more ways than one. Products are either unique to the order or have inconsistent demand with long gaps between orders. Koth and Orne propose the complexity of products and organizational characteristics like the extent of vertical integration, size and geographical scope of the operations should affect the appropriate process design.
For example, in a machine shop, hydraulic presses would be grouped in one area of the shop, lathes would be grouped into another area of the shop, screw machines in another area, heat or chemical treatment in still another, and so on also contributing to the jumbled flow.
Companies off the diagonal must be aware of traps it can fall into and implications presented by their position. Each process choice on the matrix has a unique set of characteristics.
Industries that use this process include, gas, chemicals, electricity ores, rubber, petroleum, cement, paper, wood, and certain foods like milk, water, wheat, flour, sugar and spirits. Service may also be defined in more ways than one. Upper-left firms produce low volumes sometimes only one and cannot take advantage of economies of scale. Frequently, some form of conveyor system connects the various pieces of equipment used. Hayes and Wheelwright provide the example of a firm positioned in the upper-right corner of the matrix. Even though it may not be a straight line some firms utilize a U-shaped assembly line we say that it has a connected line flow. Firms may need separate facilities for the parts or products.
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