Lean Manufacturing – Line Balancing and Facilities Location

Course Level 3: Advanced

Estimated Study Time: 2-3 hours

This is the third course in the Applied Operations Management series. This course introduces the process of line balancing in lean manufacturing, which involves assigning tasks to workstations, so that workstations have approximately equal time requirements. Line balancing is used to minimize idle time and remove potential bottlenecks within a process.

The course begins by introducing the concept of line balancing and explains terminology associated with it, such as tasks, task precedence, task times and cycle time. You will then learn about heuristics for working out line balancing problems in lean production, such as the shortest processing time and the longest path in the network. You will also learn about cycle time, the maximum time allowed at each workstation before the work moves on, and how cycle time determines the rate of output.

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