Production Line Characteristics
There are many ways to describe the type and characteristics of a production line. In the following sections we are going to outline the main types. It is important to identify accurately the salient features of the line, because subsequent design issues rest firmly entrenched in the particular way the line is designed and the operating system that is in place.
Less Pace, More Speed
First, every production line can be described as either paced or unpaced. The definition of a paced line is one that moves work pieces mechanically from one station to the next at a uniform speed. By adjusting the pace at which the line moves, the production manager can determine the precise rate of output.
On the other hand, unpaced ...