Disadvantages however there are a few disadvantages

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DisadvantagesHowever, there are a few disadvantages to using this type of layout. Firstly, the rigidity as the layout is not flexible. Since the operations are performed in a sequential manner, adjustments in the course of production cannot be made.Secondly, it is difficult to expand production beyond the capacity of each line of production.Thirdly, it is costly to proceed with this type of layout. Machines in this type of layout are arranged on the basis of sequence of operations and not according to functions. Therefore, it results in duplication of similar type of machines needed for different lines of production.
Lastly, complete stoppage during breakdowns take place as output of one machine is the input of the next machine. Any breakdown of one machine results in the complete stoppage of work.RecommendationLow levels of motivation is another disadvantage to this layout as workers carry out repetitive tasks that will become dull over time. This will affect the level of production of the factory, thus a recommendation to counter this to introduce incentive plans based on productivity. This gives workers the motivation to work hard as these incentives can come in the form of cash rewards, paid offs and so on.

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