Friday, 28 September 2012

Linear Production:

Perpetual production by means of numerous sequential sub cycles of production, subroutines (e.g. a sponge cake production has a section dedicated to spreading jam, another to cream and so on, all of which run continuously).  The repetitive/cyclical nature of the subroutines means that they do not require constant attention/supervision i.e. they are fully automated.  The multiple subroutines interact, consecutively to make/fabricate a product.  This product can be a sponge cake or a school child.  The subroutines in the former would be cutting the sponge in half, spreading the jam on the bottom layer, then the cream on the bottom layer, placing the top half on the cake, then finally packaging it.  The subroutines for the latter would be kindergarten/playschool, then primary school, then secondary school and finally college/sixth form.  The subroutines for both e.g. the jam spreading routine and the secondary school routine, continue repeating the same process perpetually, relative to the sponge cake or the school child. 

I don't know what this means, other than that the subroutines are isolated from one another and the sponge cake and the school child are viewed as short term tasks.  The alternative to this would be a Taoist-like approach of taking whole, where the sponge cake or the child is placed centrally, and the subroutines are constructed around it.

Also see the article: 'Circular/Cyclical Production is More Efficient that Piece-Meal Production' (

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