This preview shows pages 1–5. Sign up to view the full content.
09/28/2010
1
Assembly Line
Balancing (ALB)
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into
small jobs.”
Henry Ford
This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.
View Full Document 09/28/2010
2
Station 1
Minutes
per Unit
6
Station 2
7
Station 3
3
Assembly Line Balancing Concepts
Question:
Suppose you load work into the three work stations
below such that each will take the corresponding number of minutes
as shown.
What is the cycle time of this line?
Question:
Suppose you load work into the three work stations
below such that each will take the corresponding number of minutes
as shown.
What is the cycle time of this line?
Answer:
The cycle time of the line is always determined by the
work station taking the longest time. There is going to be idle
time at the other two work stations. In this problem, the
bottleneck and cycle time are:
Answer:
The cycle time of the line is always determined by the
work station taking the longest time. There is going to be idle
time at the other two work stations. In this problem, the
bottleneck and cycle time are:
09/28/2010
3
Why balance?
Pros
Cons?
•
Increase throuphput
•
Efficiency
•
Utilization
•
Fairness to workers.
1.Perfectly balanced systems don’t run as
designed dut to:
•
Statistical fluctuations
•
Dependent events
2. Worker preferences
This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.
View Full Document 09/28/2010
4
Example of Line Balancing
You
’
ve just been assigned the job a setting up an electric
fan assembly line with the following tasks:
Task
Time (Mins) Description
Predecessors
A
This is the end of the preview. Sign up
to
access the rest of the document.
This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course SCM 372 taught by Professor Cook during the Fall '11 term at Michigan State University.
 Fall '11
 COOK

Click to edit the document details