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What Is The Key Functionality Difference Between Oracle Flow Manufacturing and Oracle Work in Process ? (Doc ID 1484603.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 05, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Flow Manufacturing - Version 12.0.0 and later
Oracle Work in Process - Version 12.0.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Many times, it becomes difficult to decide between Oracle Work in Process and Oracle Flow Manufacturing modules to map a shop floor operation. Are line based planning, line based mix model scheduling and line based lean execution only key variables to decide in favor of oracle flow manufacturing? There are cases, when flow mfg is configured in EBS WIP module with production line being set up as a resource with usage rate. So, please list the key capability of flow manufacturing that cannot be achieved through WIP.

Shop floor has workstations arranged in product layout and product move from one workstation to another without any wait and it is single piece flow and each layout is identified as Production line. Product comes out of line in a few minutes, so operation based transaction is not the key. This goes into favor for flow manufacturing. But, oracle flow manufacturing have issues with capacity definition, work day definition (shift cannot be controlled), line breaks etc, that affects line scheduling significantly.

Mix model schedule through Flow sequencer or line scheduling to create mix model schedule can also be achieved using production scheduler.
Execution of flow schedule through Work order less or flow execution workstation can be save one to two steps compared to discete job operation based trx and job status maintenance, but even that can be automated.

So, on an overall level, what can be done by flow manufacturing, that can also be achieved by WIP.
What is the key functionality of Oracle Flow Manufacturing that differentiates it from WIP and help us decide between the two?


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