Flow Shop

A plant in which machines and operators handle a standard, often uninterrupted, material flow. The plan layout (arrangement of machines, cells, lines, etc.) is designed to facilitate a production “flow”. Facilities in the “process industries” (chemicals, oil, paint, etc.) are extreme examples of flow shops, where each product follows essentially the same path through the plant. Many “repetitive” manufacturing operations are also examples of flow shops (Syn: process plant).