There are several types of manufacturing processes available. Which ones will work the best for your organization and which one works the best with your software program like Fishbowl? Here are five unique manufacturing processes that you need to understand and how programs like Fishbowl will work with them.


A batch process includes the creation of items in a single batch to meet the customer’s demands. Batch manufacturing is repeated continuously to meet the demands of the consumers. Generally continuous manufacturing works with nonmetallic substances including powder, liquid, minerals, and gases. Fishbowl Manufacturing allows for numerous types of units of measure and various types of raw goods to be added to materials.


Discrete manufacturing setup requires multiple products to be manufactured on a single assembly line. Out of all the manufacturing processes, discrete is one of the most flexible processes as products are highly customizable using a build-to-order business model. The downside is the inefficiency and downtime required to retool the machinery for different products. Fishbowl Manufacturing allows for one-time items or adding items with multiple quantities to a bill of materials. Flexible software allows for flexible manufacturing, keeping costs down and bringing more credibility to your manufacturing plant.

Job Shop

Job Shop is like Discrete manufacturing as it is focused on one-off manufacturing jobs, but it varies in the assembly lines. Most of the manufacturing work is created by hand or by using limited automation. Fishbowl Manufacturing allows for scalability as it does handle a wide range of inventory and manufacturing requirements. Fishbowl is designed to be flexible as you increase production, allowing it to handle the extra load. Instruction notes can be added to the line items in a bill of materials, making it easier for workers to double-check items as needed.


Repetitive manufacturing allows for the creation of a single product over and over. Single assembly lines do not change the products they manufacture, but they can change the frequency of the production based on demand. Creating a bill of materials in Fishbowl Manufacturing allows manufacturers to save it and replicate it as needed. This bill of materials makes it easy to avoid problems with raw goods worry and missing parts as everything becomes standardized.

Do you need help understanding how Fishbowl works with your current manufacturing process? Contact Brandow Consulting today for more information.