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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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One MedLab Council member--a medical equipment manufacturer--recently began experimenting with Lean by installing a Kanban board for an assembly line where employees select inventoried components to build parts of a product.
The system transports the machines on rails through a series of stations where operators add specific components, similar to an automobile assembly line.

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