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Push control


What is push control?

Push control is a production approach in which products are manufactured on the basis of forecasts and pre-planned production schedules. Materials and products are "pushed" to the next production stage, regardless of actual demand.

Advantages of push control:

Planning reliability: pre-planning allows production to be better organized and structured.
Efficiency in stable environments: Suitable for production environments with stable demand and long lead times, as forecasts are more reliable in such cases.
Continuous production: Enables continuous production as all production stages are constantly supplied with material.

Disadvantages of push control:

Overproduction: can lead to overproduction if actual demand differs from forecasts.
High stock levels: Increased stock levels and storage costs, as products and materials are produced and stored regardless of current demand.
Lack of flexibility: Less flexible when demand changes, as production is based on fixed plans.

Areas of application for push control:

Mass production: often used in mass production where there is stable and predictable demand.
Products with long lead times: Suitable for products that require a long production time and where demand can be well predicted.

Conclusion: Push control is an effective production approach in environments with stable demand and long lead times. It offers planning security and enables continuous production, but can lead to overproduction and high inventory levels if actual demand deviates from forecasts.

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