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A Guide to Mass Production of Metal Parts

Introduction

What is mass production, and what are the advantages of using this process? Here’s a complete guide to help you decide whether it’s something your business should be investing in.

Metal mass production comes in a variety of manufacturing processes. Its contribution to modern history is perhaps the greatest of all forms of manufacturing and still plays a vital function in society today.

The varying industrial processes that produce metal parts have been made increasingly more efficient and cost-effective over the years due to technological advancements applied to machinery and conveyor systems.

The earliest signs of metal mass production date back to the industrial revolution before mass production and manufacturing methods accelerated in the mid-19th century and early 20th century, with great pioneers such as Sir Marc Isambard Brunel and Henry Ford.

Now, the metal mass production industry has changed in its advances. Yet, the goal remains the same; to produce the highest quality of metal parts as quickly and cheaply as possible.

In 2020, China’s Baowu Group produced over 115 million metric tons of crude steel, 37 million tons more than the next closest competitor, ArcelorMittal.

What Is Mass Production?

The basis of mass production is to produce large amounts of standardised products in a constant flow. This explains why it is also named ‘flow production’ or ‘continuous production’. Combine both ‘mass’ and ‘continuous’ production, and you get a basic understanding of what mass production is.  

Ultimately, mass production aims to streamline the production process, ensuring manufacturing remains at the lowest cost while trying to produce the highest volumes of products possible.

Mass production is different to serial production. The manufacturing of metal products is made continuously without production breaks.

On the other hand, serial production is a type of mass production, but work stops when the specified batch of products has been completed.

The importance of metal manufacturing remains integral to various industries worldwide. Steel is the most popular mass-produced metal and is essential to shipbuilding, car manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure development.  

In 2020, China’s Baowu Group produced over 115 million metric tons of crude steel, 37 million tons more than the next closest competitor, ArcelorMittal.

The Advantages of Mass Production

The many advantages of mass production make it a valuable and popular form of automated manufacturing. The main benefits include:

  • Producing large quantities
  • High levels of precision
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Highly efficient
  • Fast distribution
  • Uniformity

Mass production doesn’t incur human error. Therefore, enabling you to keep labour costs and material waste low. The advancement in technology is what makes mass production the fastest form of production compared to any other manufacturing procedure.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK’s industrial sector has increased year on year at least 1.4% since 1948.  Mass production is a vital part of Britain’s industrial identity and has been since the industrial revolution over 200 years ago.

Britain remains the 9th largest manufacturer in the world by output, with an annual £192 billion reported between 2019 and 2020.

The UK’s industrial sector has increased year on year at least 1.4% since 1948.

Mass Production Examples

Mass production revolutionised manufacturing across multiple industries. From Henry Ford’s Model T over a century ago to high performance automated robotics on assembly lines, mass production has been making products more accessible for consumers thanks to the high rates of efficiency. 

The manufacturing of metals offers a range of production techniques at different stages of the production journey. These stages can be divided into fabrication, forging, formwork, and casting. Here are some specific examples of metal manufacturing.

CNC stands for ‘computer numerical control’ and works as a high precision machine for custom metal fabrication. CNC can be used for metal stamping, punching, milling and other various purposes.

Metal folding is the stage during metal fabrication where metal is made to bend or fold. Metal folding comes in six main metal manufacturing techniques – air bending, bottoming, coining, folding, wiping bending, and rotary bending. 

Metal laser cutting is used for precise and versatile cutting for certain custom shapes. The laser cuts through the metal using a powerful thermal separation process.

There are many other manufacturing methods for metal products to be mass-produced. 

The Master of Mass-Produced Metal Parts

Mass production remains integral to industries across the globe for its ability to provide immense quality, quantity, and cost-effectiveness. If you’re interested in mass-producing a product or part, then get in touch with Barton International.

For the past 100 years, our business has been at the beating heart of British mass production. We specialise in the supply of quality metal, plastic, and rubber products to industries across telecommunications, public utilities, transport infrastructure, civil engineering and more.

Get in touch with one of our experts to discuss how we can serve your manufacturing needs and simplify your supply chain. 

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