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Manufacturers turning to nontraditional schedules

Published On: Jul 08 2013 10:00:27 AM CDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — More manufacturers are turning to nontraditional schedules as they look to boost production.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports http://bit.ly/125idOZ manufacturers are turning to 12- and 10-hour shifts and 36-hour weekend shifts to keep assembly lines moving at efficient levels.

Douglas Fisher is an assistant professor and director of the Center for Supply Chain Management at Marquette University. He says nontraditional schedules make a lot of sense. For example, two 12-hours shifts per day mean fewer complications with shift changes and running a plant 24 hours a day for seven days straight might eliminate the need to build another one.

Health care experts say compressed work weeks might sound great but can take a serious toll on people's health, cutting into their sleep time.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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