assembly line

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a line of production in which a number of assembly operations are performed in a set sequence. The speed of movement of an assembly line has to be matched with the skills and abilities of the workforce and the complexity of the assembly process to be performed. The assembly line emerged from the ideas of scientific management and was popularized by a number of entrepreneurs, including Henry Ford in the car production industry.

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  • assembly line — ➔ line * * * assembly line UK US noun [C] ► PRODUCTION, WORKPLACE a line of machines and workers in a factory which a product moves along while it is being built or produced. Each machine or worker performs a particular job, which must be… …   Financial and business terms

  • assembly-line — a. Of, pertaining to, or resembling an {assembly line}; as, an assembly line process; also used metaphorically, as an assembly line educational system. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assembly line — n. A line of machinery, tools, and workers on which objects to be manufactured are moved from one post to the next, where different workers perform different steps in the manufacturing process; called also {production line}. The objects to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • assembly line — assembly lines N COUNT An assembly line is an arrangement of workers and machines in a factory, where each worker deals with only one part of a product. The product passes from one worker to another until it is finished. ...a man who works on an… …   English dictionary

  • assembly line — ► NOUN ▪ a series of machines by which identical items are assembled in successive stages …   English terms dictionary

  • assembly line — ☆ assembly line n. in many factories, an arrangement whereby each worker performs a specialized operation in assembling the work as it is passed along, often on a slowly moving belt or track …   English World dictionary

  • Assembly line — An assembly line is a manufacturing process in which parts (usually interchangeable parts) are added to a product in a sequential manner using optimally planned logistics to create a finished product much faster than with handcrafting type… …   Wikipedia

  • assembly line — an arrangement of machines, tools, and workers in which a product is assembled by having each perform a specific, successive operation on an incomplete unit as it passes by in a series of stages organized in a direct line. Also called production… …   Universalium

  • assembly line — noun mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑production line, ↑line • Hypernyms: ↑mechanical system • Part Holonyms: ↑factory, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • assembly line — Synonyms and related words: armory, arsenal, assemblage, assembly, assembly plant, assembly line production, atomic energy plant, bindery, boatyard, boilery, bookbindery, brewery, brickyard, cannery, creamery, dairy, defense plant, distillery,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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