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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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Last month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued guidelines for setting up assembly lines in Pakistan in a bid to step up the pace of digitalisation.
Until now, China has been home to big companies' assembly lines like thanks to its cheap labour.
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Except once, when I, and many others, fell asleep in a train that carried visitors around a car assembly line somewhere in Australia.
The main plant that supports Airbus was further enhanced in 2009 with the addition of a mixed-model moving assembly line to enable higher production rates and assure optimal quality.
In April 2010 and during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visit to Zimbabwe, Iranian and Zimbabwean Presidents opened the Iran tractor assembly line.
The first assembly line was at the Ford Piquette Park Plant in Detroit But it wasn't moving assembly line.
These assembly lines thus have a fixed production rate, which is equal to the reciprocal of the cycle time.
In China, India and Brazil, deploying conventional assembly lines that require massive investments have become a major issue as it increases fixed costs for lifting production capacity.
Of the even assembly lines that were opened between 1990 and 2003, only one was in the heart of the traditional area and one was on its southernmost fringe.
One of the assembly lines will be set up in the new factory in Kuressaare, Estonia where it will start production in July.

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