At some point in time, your staff may encounter production scenarios that require a decision on the type of manufacturing operations required to fulfill specific requirements. Along the same lines, you need to determine which type of manufacturing fits the items structure? Should Process or Discrete manufacturing be used to manufacture your item? Let’s look at both functionalities.


There are distinct differences between process and discrete manufacturing, specially on the way that the product is created or manufactured. You need to analyze, in detail, what the objective is so you can define the best method to manufacture your item(s).


Discrete manufacturing involves the same structure or functionality where the item is manufactured every time over, most likely, pre-defined operations and raw material(s). The end item is completed into inventory, where then it is ready to be sold or moved. If your company manufactures products that are made up of multiple components and parts, that later you can disassemble, and reassemble, then discrete is the answer.

On the other hand, process manufacturing deals with transforming and converting raw material throughout the entire ‘process’ on the shop floor. The process is identified with an item number however, it is not completed into inventory or unassembled. The outputs or Co/By products can be stocked and can contain more than one item. Process manufacturing is driven by manufacturing recipes consisting of formulas which can create new raw material(s), while discrete manufacturing is linked to a somewhat, pre-defined bill of material.


So, ask yourself, what type of manufacturing should take place? Do you have a mix of ingredients that once processed will not be able to go back to its original state? An easy analogy to use when making your decision is as basic as making a pitcher of lemonade. Once the lemons are cut in half and the lemon juice is squeezed, is there a way to put the lemon juice back into the skin again? If the answer is no, then the type of manufacturing would be process manufacturing.


What does each functionality mainly entail?


Discrete Manufacturing                 Process Manufacturing
-----------------------------                 -----------------------------

Stockable Item(s) Costing              Non Stockable Process Costing

                                                       (Cost is made up of ingredients for Co and By products produced)

Standard/Actual Costing                Standard Costing Only

Maintenance & Repairs                  Recipes and/or Formulas

Shop Floor Control                         Shop Floor Control

Production Planning                       Production Planning

Zero Bill or Batch Quantities          Batch Processing

Product Data Management            Product Data Management

Different Configurations                 Single Process

(line type W)

Forecasting                                    Forecasting

Quality Manufacturing                    Quality Manufacturing


Need more information related to JD Edwards World functionality? Refer to your release guide about:

Product Data Management - Discrete Guide
Product Data Management - Process Guide

Shop Floor Control - Discrete Guide

Shop Floor Control - Process Guide


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