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shop floor

the basic level within an organization at which goods (or services) are produced. In a typical manufacturing business the shop floor would consist of operatives working in a factory to produce components or finished goods under the supervision of first line managers.

See SUPERVISOR, SHOP STEWARD.

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The use of statistical tools--such as designed experiments, statistical process control, and analysis of variance--on the manufacturing shop floor.
On top of it, perched a full story above the shop floor, a woman in work gloves and a baseball cap punched in zip codes and loaded mail bags onto conveyor belt; sensor-activated 'drops" then swept them off the belt and into bins the size of Dempsey Dumpsters.
In addition to WinMax, Hurco introduced several new machine models including a swivel-head 5-Axis machine (VMX42SR) designed with a smaller footprint to save space on shop floors.
Carpenter asserts that the ability to immediately drilldown and locate production constraints is what mid-sized manufacturers need to better schedule, monitor, track and optimize their shop floors and related activities.