Simplification and Standardisation - Production and Operations Management

Simplification in Material Management

The concept of simplification is closely related to standardization. Simplification is the process of reducing the variety of products manufactured. Simplification is concerned with the reduction of product range, assemblies, parts, materials and design.

Advantages of Simplification
Following are the advantages of simplification:

  1. Simplification involves fewer, parts, varieties and changes in products; this reduces manufacturing operations and risk of obsolescence.
  2. Simplification reduces variety; volume of remaining products may be increased.
  3. Simplification provides quick delivery and better after-sales services.
  4. Simplification reduces inventory and thus results in better inventory control.
  5. Simplification lowers the production costs.
  6. Simplification reduces price of a product.
  7. Simplification improves product quality.

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