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MANUFACTURING A PRODUCT - ANSWERS 1

V. Ryan 2011-2017

 

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Select a desk tidy from the two designs shown below.

Each could be manufactured in a school workshop.

 
SELECTED DESIGN: Desk Tidy 'A'
 
Name a suitable material for the manufacture of your selected desk tidy:
 
Polyvinylchloride (PVC)
 
What properties does your selected material have, that make it suitable for use in the manufacture of the desk tidy?
 
Polyvinylchloride (PVC) is a THERMOPLASTIC. It is a tough material which can be purchased as a hard material or alternatively a flexible form. It can be welded or bonded with an adhesive. It has a range of uses including water pipes, raincoats, long play records, coating on electrical wires and many more. It can be shaped and formed through injection moulding.
 
 
 
 
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A prototype / one off, is to be manufactured. What is a prototype / one off?
 
A Prototype is the first attempt at manufacturing a new product. A prototype is often referred to as a working model.
 
 
Why is a prototype often manufactured before a new product goes on sale to the general public?
 
A prototype is used to test how a new product works and to find how it can be improved. Prototypes are often used to test public reaction to a new design. It helps determine if the new product will be successful in the market place.
 
The desk tidy is to be manufactured as a batch of twenty. What is Batch Production?
 
Once a prototype has been tested and has been successfully evaluated, the product is ready for full scale manufacture. This often involves manufacturing hundreds or thousands of the same product. A batch of a hundred or a batch of a thousand may be required. Each individual product, within a batch, should be exactly the same.
Batch manufactured products include: cars, furniture, electrical goods, clothing, newspapers and books.
 
 
MORE INFORMATION ON SCALES OF PRODUCTION
Single Item / Prototype Production - Example 1
Single Item / Prototype Production - Example 2
Batch Production - Example 1
Batch Production - Example 2
Batch Production Exercise
Continuous Production - Example 1
Continuous Production - Example 2
Production Methods - Lesson Starter
 
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