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The course Lean Manufacturing - Line Balancing and Facilities Location is the third course in the Applied Operations Management series. This course introduces the process of line balancing in lean manufacturing, which involves assigning tasks to workstations, so that workstations have approximately equal time requirements. Line balancing is used to minimize idle time and remove potential bottlenecks within a process.
The course begins by introducing the concept of line balancing and explains terminology associated with it, such as tasks, task precedence, task times and cycle time. You will then learn about heuristics for working out line balancing problems in lean production, such as the shortest processing time and the longest path in the network. You will also learn about cycle time, the maximum time allowed at each workstation before the work moves on, and how cycle time determines the rate of output.
The course then introduces the qualitative factors, such as raw materials, transport, and customer demand in determining the location of facilities. You will then learn about quantitative methods, such as the p-median model, which is used to model many real-world situations, such as the location of public or industrial facilities, warehouses and other facilities.
This course will be of great interest to professionals working in the area of operations management and lean production who would like to learn more about lean manufacturing, line balancing and facilities location, and to all learners who would like to know more about these important aspects of operations management.
Module 1: Introduction to Line Balancing
Introduction to Line Balancing
Line Balancing - Part 1
Line Balancing - Part 2
Line Balancing - Part 3
Module 2: Introduction to Facilities Location
Module 3: Lean Manufacturing - Line Balancing and Facilities Location Assessment
Having completed this course learners will be able to: - Describe the line balancing problem; - Describe heuristics such as shortest processing time (SPT) and the longest path in the the network for solving the line balancing problem; - Describe qualitative factors in determining the location of facilities; - Describe quantitative methods such as the p median model.
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Lean manufacturing is the method of minimizing waste within manufacturing systems while at the same time maximizing productivity. It holds that waste is caused by additional steps, processes, and features that customers don't believe have value and therefore won't pay for. Take Alison's Lean Manufacturing course and learn how to eliminate waste from the manufacturing process in order to promote efficiency, effectiveness, and profitability.
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