Line Balancing and Facilities Location - Online course| Alison

Applied Operations Management - Line Balancing And Facilities Location - Revised

Learn how to solve important line balancing problems in lean production with this free operations management course.

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This free online course in Applied Operations Management teaches you how to design a smooth production flow with line balancing and facilities location. Line balancing is the process of assigning tasks to workstations so that it takes every worker the same amount of time to finish a task. This minimizes idle time and removes potential bottlenecks from within a process. This course will help you improve the productivity of your manufactory.
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    1.5-3 Hours
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  • Certification

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This course will first introduce you to line balancing and show you how to minimize idle time and balance bottlenecks in production. You will learn that productivity improvements to any non-bottleneck operation will not improve the productivity of the system. The course will then discuss the heuristics for working out a line balancing problem as well as teach you core line balancing formulas. You will also look into cycle time, which determines the rate of production output.

Next, you will study facility location and layout. Location essentially deals with where you want to place your facilities, while layout deals with how you locate core department within your facility once the location is chosen. You will then study the quantitative factors involved in decisions about location - which include raw material and labor availability - as well as the qualitative factors involved in decisions about location - which includes demand area, transportation, and government policies.

The main objective of line balancing is to eliminate or reduce idle time and balance bottlenecks in operations. This will help keep inventory costs and selling prices low, achieve better quality production planning and higher efficiency, as well as increase net incomes and profits. By the end of this course, you will have gained a strong understanding of this core operations process. So why wait? Start your next learning journey, today.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the line balancing problem
  • Describe qualitative factors in determining the location of facilities
  • Describe quantitative methods such as the p median model
  • Describe heuristics such as shortest processing time (SPT) and the longest path in the the network for solving the line balancing problem


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