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Explain the benefits and the limitations of using batch production.

• It is flexible. It is easier to change between different products to better meet customer demands
• There is less impact if machinery breaks down
• Risk is spread as a business can make more than one type of product
• The business can produce a wider variety of products. This could lead to more sales
• Batch production offers some variety in work. This can help to motivate workers and reduce less absenteeism

• Time is lost switching or resetting machines between batches. This can lead to lost output
• There may be added costs of moving or storing semi-finished goods
• One fault could affect the entire batch, increasing waste

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