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Operations Management: Processes and Supply Chains, 12th Edition by Larry P. Ritzman, Manoj K. Malhotra, Lee J. Krajewski

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Managing Constraints in Line Processes

As noted in Chapter 2, “Process Strategy and Analysis,” products created by a line process include the assembly of computers, automobiles, appliances, and toys. Such assembly lines can exist in providing services as well. For instance, putting together a standardized hamburger with a fixed sequence of steps is akin to operating an assembly line. In this section, we explain in greater detail how constraints can be managed for line processes.

A man in a factory fits a leather shoe onto a form amongst an assembly line of shoe forms.

A man making shoes at an assembly line in a factory

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Line Balancing

Line balancing is the assignment of work to stations in a line process so as to ...

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