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Manufacturing Processes & Systems Review


Let’s delve into the fascinating world of manufacturing processes and systems. Symphony specializes in carrying out on-site reviews of your Manufacturing process. We will often make this a mandatory requirement before undertaking a manufacturing implementation due to the uniqueness and complexity of the manufacturing set-up.

  • Recognizing Complexity in Manufacturing Systems:

    • Complexity is a critical factor in manufacturing systems. As organizations respond to market conditions, they often reconfigure their processes, products, and services. 

    • There are two forms of complexity:​​

      • Static or Structural Complexity: This complexity is designed into the system architecture ie it is internal to the business and is created by the industry or process that the manufacturing company is engaged in.​

      • Operational or Dynamic Complexity: This is external to the business, and it can change drastically in short periods based on the environmental factors the company faces.

    • It is interesting to note that the scientific community shows significant interest in complexity, although it is more prevalent in disciplines beyond manufacturing and supply chain management.​​​

  • Common Manufacturing Systems and Processes:

    •  Manufacturers across industries worldwide use various systems and processes. Cin7 Core Advanced Manufacturing that we highly recommend for manufacturing companies allow for all of the following types of production:

      • Batch Production: Producing items in batches, often with similar characteristics and linked with a ‘shelf life’ expiry date, very common in the food industry.

      • Serialization of manufactured production: where each individual item manufactured has its own unique serial number as it rolls off the production line. Often associated with higher value items that need to be tracked through the supply chain process and used by the consumer when managing returns or warranty claims.

      • Mass Production: High-volume production of standardized goods. Very often these systems run for 24 hours non-stop and require special consideration as to how to move production.

      • Job Shop Production: Customized production or Make to Order for unique orders that have a significant amount of customization or configuration.

      • Cellular Manufacturing: Organizing workstations into cells for efficient production, which can be batch, serial or configurable production.

      • Lean Manufacturing: Minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency. JIT Supply chain management for raw materials needed for the production process. Cin7’s recent acquisition of Inventoro is a game changer to companies wishing to adopt lean manufacturing methodologies with its enhanced AI Technology creating robust forecasts and replenishment strategies.​​


At Symphony we understand your specific manufacturing requirements and our on-site reviews of your process allows us to fine tune the software settings and the manufacturing workflows to assist you to achieve your efficient manufacturing goals.


  • If you want to read more on Manufacturing systems as a topic we recommend the following as a Book Recommendation: “Manufacturing Processes and Systems, 9th Edition” not necessarily for nighttime bed reading! But if you’re looking for an authoritative resource, consider this book titled Manufacturing Processes and Systems. ​​

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