Production rhythm involves balanced, consistent with the schedule, manufacture and transfer of products and equally repetitive, and coordinated work stations in the company. This means that at any time during the period of repetition, particular workplace or specific production cell produces the same output.
Rhythmic production is one in which there are strict binding machine centres, the allocation of specific operations to the relevant working positions, the length of the production of the same product (details) is standardized.
Rhythmic production requires both precision and a clear division of tasks and resources to the various units as well as the quick and systematic correction of possible deviations. Work performed rhythmically is characterized by the same intensity and coordination of tasks.
Rhythmic production include pipelined production, constants, variable or complex production lines. During rhythmic production cells and units carry out production processes of serial and mass production type. It runs in accordance with specified cycle repeating itself. Master schedule for the production is constantly updated. A period of repetition is the most important parameter of organizational production and rhythm of production.
Other features of rhythmic production are:
- immutability of adopted technology, production volumes and assortment of manufactured products
- breakdown of long-term manufacturing jobs into smaller units in shorter intervals
- allocation of production tasks to the corresponding machine centres:
- standard production schedule
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