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Assembly Line

A way to manufacture a product in which parts are added in sequence by different workers. For example, Joe may put the engine in a car and send it to Bob, who puts on the doors. Then it goes to Frank, who applies the wheels. Each worker has his/her post; the unfinished product comes to each worker in turn. This process allows workers to put together more products at a time; for instance, rather than putting together one car at a time, workers are able to use their expertise on multiple cars throughout the day. Assembly lines were developed by the Ford Motor Company in the early 20th century and were instrumental in beginning the mass production of automobiles.

assembly line

see PRODUCTION LINE, PRODUCT-FOCUSED LAYOUT.
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The horizontal assembly line also boasts ergonomic benefits for the assembly teams working on the engines.
And if you look closely, you can see that there is a pickup truck on the assembly line ahead of that sedan.
An assembly line is suitable for a type of industrial production in which prefabricated, interchangeable parts are used to assemble a finished product (Zelenka 2010).
1 -- color) Hundreds of volunteers carry boxes along an assembly line where more volunteers man stations.
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It cited the following long-term benefits resulting from the conversion: (1) better control in the flow of parts into the final assembly line allowed the taxpayer to significantly reduce its inventory of parts and thereby prevented a wasting" of its capital; and (2) by manufacturing based on customer orders (rather than maintaining a large inventory of unsold finished goods), the taxpayer retained the flexibility to adapt finished product to specific customer needs.
The vendor agreed to do more than half its systems development and programming work on location in the plant Their programmers became full-time team members, working in full view of the assembly line.
pulled off the assembly line in November 1982; only three years later, Honda's production had moved ahead of Volkswagen's, now number six, and then American Motors's.
Stanford Medical Informatics is hosting an international conference July 23-26 on the Protege system, an open-source software platform that is increasingly being used to organize knowledge online and to develop complex computer systems that address problems ranging from cancer research to troubleshooting automotive assembly lines.
UTC set up a facility in Hamburg, Germany in 1992 to support the A321, A319 and A318 final assembly lines there.
General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), a United States-based automaker, is closing one of the two assembly lines at its Oshawa, Ontario factory by mid-2013.
A cost-effective alternative for the pallets and robots commonly used for lifting components on automotive assembly lines has been developed by Bosch Rexroth Corp.

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