I took my Keuka College Operation & Production Management students to visit the Yakult probiotic drink "factory" yesterday. Really, I would prefer to call it a production facility. It is clean, shiny, and highly automated. The students saw batch processing, which was the making of the probiotic "seed." They saw flow shop example, which was the continuous flow processing of the drink once the probiotic seed was created. They saw a very small number of people producing thousands of drinks per hour. We chatted about what they saw on the bus ride back to the university. I believe the students will remember this trip longer than they will remember the lecture on types of production processes.
The photo is with the students following the tour. Yakult does not permit photography within their production facility.