tutor2u GCSE Business Studies Batch Production As businesses grow and production volumes increase, the production process is often changed to a “batch method”. Batch methods require that a group of items move through the production process together, a stage at a time. For example when a bakery bakes loaves of wholemeal bread, a large ball of wholemeal dough will be split into several loaves which will be spread out together on a large baking tray. The loaves on the tray will then together be cooked, wrapped and dispatched to shelves, before the bakery starts on a separate batch of, for example, crusty white bread. Note that each loaf is identical within a batch but that loaves can vary from batch to batch. Batch production is a very common method of organising manufacture. Good examples include: f Production of electronic instruments f Fish and chip shops f Paint and wallpaper manufacturers f Cereal farming Advantages The batch method can be an advantage for businesses that produce a range of products. It is cheaper to
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