Skip to menu


Why is a factory called a plant?

Administrator 2019.11.09 13:06 Views : 40332


A factory, manufacturing plant or a production plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers manufacture goods or operate machines processing one product into another. The word factory generally refers to a production site where a specific item is produced, whereas a plant refers to a site where a specific process takes place. For example, a site that produces brushes could be called a brush factory, but you wouldn't call it a brush plant. A factory is where things are made or constructed. A factory began as a word as a wholesale goods warehouse run by an owner or hired manager called a “factor.” Places where stuff was made with specific tools and complex processes go back to stone toolmaking, leather tanneries, potters, stone quarries, grain milling, etc.. had other names specific to the work or “workshop.” If it was an operation substantially powered by a waterwheel, it was often called a “mill.” A factory can be as small as a single small room.

A Plant usually means a place where things are not usually constructed, rather it is an area or building, such as where fresh water is produced by purification, or sewage is disposed, or where grain is milled into flour. They’re used interchangeably and seem to be a factor of age of both the speaker and the facility (factory=older plant=more recent “facility” seems to be replacing both.) A “plant” was usually a set of buildings, purpose-built, and originally for power generation, chemicals manufacturing, refining and smelting metals, cement-making, meat packing, food processing, beverage manufacturing, etc. As long as the other person or readers can understand what you’re referring to by the context and modifying words or photos, it doesn’t matter. Factory can be used quite widely too for very different purposes. A factory is usually associated with making discrete parts on machines, and / or assembling parts into products (discrete manufacturing). A Plant is usually associated with continuous physical / chemical (as opposed to mechanical) transformation to produce products (continuous or batch processing). For example, compressing natural gas, petroleum refineries, food products, cement, etc. A Plant is utmuch larger. Some factories have more than one building to conveniently organize production. Plants are ALWAYS with multiple buildings as well as exposed equipment organized as per the production process. Colloquially the words Factory and Plant are sometimes used interchangeably. For example, Cement Factory (batch process), Car Plant (discrete manufacturing), etc.


Concrete Plant

No. Subject Author Date Views
Notice Purpose of this Useful Information admin 2019.08.28 1627
32 Bank Closed or Froze Your Account for Suspicious Activity: What Now? file Administrator 2020.06.22 428434
31 different meanings of Council and Committee file Administrator 2019.11.05 203962
30 What is the difference between PACKING and PACKAGING? file Administrator 2019.11.08 43150
29 US Citizenship vocabularies in Korean/English file admin 2019.08.23 43048
» Why is a factory called a plant? file Administrator 2019.11.09 40332
27 The difference between Affiliate and Associate file Administrator 2019.12.30 13555
26 교회용어모음 (Church Terms) file Administrator 2019.11.03 10082
25 Korean Legal Legislation file admin 2019.08.15 9659
24 Civics 20 Questions for the 65 years or older people file Administrator 2022.07.18 6581
23 Alcohol Permit Exam Questions file admin 2019.08.27 3060
22 General Apostille Information file admin 2019.08.15 2812
21 Gwinnett County will open the new Interstate 85 interchange at SR 324/Gravel Springs Road Tuesday, Nov. 23, weather permitting. file Administrator 2021.11.22 1989
20 Non-disclosure agreement file Administrator 2019.12.16 1551
19 Can you pass the U.S. citizenship test? file Administrator 2019.11.08 1454
18 The Word Easter from a springtime Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess called Eastre file Administrator 2020.04.12 1272
17 Government Online Case Search Links file admin 2019.08.25 1248
16 Divorce Document Package Links file admin 2019.08.21 1156
15 U.S. Citizenship file admin 2019.08.23 1014
14 성경 (the Bible) file Administrator 2019.11.03 985