A Guide to the Different Types of Manufacturing

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Did you know that U.S. manufacturing accounts for over $2 trillion in GDP?

Despite some manufacturing moving overseas, it’s still an integral part of the U.S. economy. Why is that?

Because despite the common misconception, manufacturing isn’t only assembly line manufacturing. In fact, there are many types of manufacturing, each with its own strengths. Here’s what you should know.

Types of Manufacturing

At a basic level, a manufacturing process is a series of steps that require machinery and labor, which convert raw materials into finished goods. If that sounds like a broad term, it is. That’s why there are so many different types of manufacturing processes.

It’s not uncommon to see multiple processes used when manufacturing a product. Often, these processes may even happen at the same facility.

So what are some of the more common types of manufacturing?

Repetitive Manufacturing

Repetitive manufacturing uses repeated techniques and an assembly line to create a product. Therefore, allowing products quickly produced in large quantities.

Discrete Manufacturing

Discrete manufacturing is similar to repetitive manufacturing. However, it requires multiple assembly lines and setups. The results are finished products that are a combination of various other components.

Sometimes a changeover is needed. A changeover is when an assembly line is altered to accommodate a new product line.

Job Shop Manufacturing

In job shop manufacturing, very little automation occurs. Instead, each employee improves the product as it moves from one station to another. This allows for customized manufacturing.

Customized goods are produced in fewer quantities. Often, professional workers are using cutting-edge tools and processes to create high-quality products.

Batch Process Manufacturing

Batch process manufacturing produces products in response to consumer demands. These production batches are periodically repeated. After a batch is done, the equipment gets cleaned, then prepared for the next batch.

Batch production is also called serial production.

Continuous Process Manufacturing

As the name suggests, continuous process manufacturing runs around the clock. It’s a method of long-term manufacturing. Unlike other manufacturing options, the raw goods in continuous-process manufacturing are often gases, powders, liquids, or slurries.

Continuous process manufacturing is also referred to as process manufacturing.

3D Printing

3D printing is a rapidly growing manufacturing technique, use raw composites and materials to print objects.

This doesn’t require the automation of other manufacturing processes, nor is it labor intensive. 3D printing is great for producing samples and testing products prior to committing to a larger investment.

Looking for a Manufacturer

SMI Composites is a global leader in manufacturing. Our verticals include aerospace, military, automotive, medical, sports and recreation, and the Department of Defense. Our experience and specialization allow us to serve both low and high-volume customers.

Not sure what types of manufacturing are best for your product? Looking to get a quote? Either way, contact us and let us help you with your manufacturing needs.

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