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Discrete manufacturing is an industry term for the manufacturing of finished products that are distinct items capable of being easily counted, touched or seen. Discrete manufacturing involves parts and systems like nuts and bolts, brackets, wires, assemblies and individual products. Discrete manufacturers use a bill of materials (BOM) and production follows a route, such as an assembly line.
Examples of products made from discrete manufacturing include automobiles, furniture, airplanes, machinery, toys, smartphones and defense systems.
In theory, a discrete product can be broken down at the end of its lifecycle so its basic components can be recycled.
Characteristics and ChallengesThe following are the characteristics and challenges of discrete manufacturing :
- Engineering Change Management
- Single-level or multi-level BOMs management
- Route and Operations management
- Inventory management
- Supply chain management
- Quality control & Analytics
- Production planning & scheduling
- Part number (lot, serial) tracking
- Supports a wide range of processes, including make to order (MTO), make to stock (MTS), engineering to order (ETO), Assemble to order (ATO) in mixed mode, and hybrid environments
Typical Discrete Industries
- Automotive OEM
- Aerospace and aviation
- Industrial Equipments
Govern Your Supply ChainWith increasingly complex supply chains, global industry pressures and high customer demands, a manufacturer must uphold accuracy and efficiency in every area of the enterprise.
Maintaining your supply chain is crucial in discrete manufacturing. If you don’t have your eyes peeled for discrepancies within production, resources, people and more can go unchecked, which can hurt your enterprise in the long-run.
Investing in a supply chain management solution or a discrete ERP that offers a supply chain management module comes with a string of benefits such as:
- Boosting your logistics
- Depleting expenses throughout your organization
- Streamlining the allocation of goods and materials from point A to point B
- Monitoring data on routine practices
- Evaluating and maintaining supplier relationships