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process controlthe coordination and monitoring of production programmes and targets. Production control involves a number of activities, in particular:
- minimizing operational variations from production schedules, PROGRESS CHASING and dealing with problems so as to avoid losing output;
- controlling manufacturing costs by monitoring the use of materials and labour inputs and taking action to avoid wastage where necessary (see COST CONTROL);
- controlling product quality by inspection to detect defective products and taking action to remedy deficiencies (see QUALITY CONTROL);
- controlling MACHINE UTILIZATION by monitoring machine usage and avoiding idle time or machine down-time. See also PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, PRODUCTION SCHEDULING, OPTIMIZED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY, POKE YOKE.