Metals: Scales of Production

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Scales of Production

Scales of production provide a range of options for producing metal products.

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Small-scale production

  • Small-scale production refers to small-scale operations.
    • These operations are typically carried out by individual craftsmen and small workshops.
  • Artisanal production involves manual or semi-automated processes.
    • Artisanal production uses limited resources and equipment.
  • Artisanal production focuses on producing custom or unique metalwork.
    • For example, handcrafted jewellery, small decorative items, and custom-made components.
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Batch production

  • Batch production involves the production of metal products in limited quantities.
    • Batch production is characterised by the manufacturing of a specific quantity of items.
  • Batch production is used for specialised or niche metal products.
    • Small batches are produced to fulfil specific orders and meet seasonal demands.
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Mass Production

  • Mass production refers to large-scale manufacturing processes.
    • Mass production is designed to produce metal products in high volumes.
  • Mass production uses automated machinery, assembly lines, and standardised production methods.
  • Mass production is suitable for products with high demand.
    • For example, automotive parts, consumer appliances, and standardised metal components.
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Continuous production

  • Continuous production is a high-volume manufacturing process.
    • Continuous production operates continuously without interruption.
  • Continuous production uses automated machinery and equipment that continuously produce metal products.
  • Continuous production is used for metals such as steel, aluminium, and copper.
    • Continuous casting or rolling processes are employed to produce large quantities of steel sheets, wire, or pipes.

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