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product specificationa detailed inventory of all the raw materials and components which comprise a product and their exact sizes and qualities (a ‘bill of materials’). The product specification will also list all the manufacturing and assembly processes involved in making the product. Once a product specification is drawn up it can be used for organizational buying (see PURCHASING), PRODUCT COSTING purposes and as a basis for PRODUCTION SCHEDULING.
Product specifications for consumer products are strongly influenced by MARKETING considerations relating to the features and performance of the product considered to be appealing to buyers. For example, the product specification for a car could include comfort, speed, reliability safety features etc. See MASTER PRODUCTION SCHEDULE.