chapter  6
The concept of the assembly line
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The assembly line is a system in which product units move through a sequence of stations, each with all the resources needed for one operation, and at which each unit is processed as it passes through. Invented at Ford in 1913, the assembly line concept has yet to be implemented systematically, in spite of its proven superiority over bench assembly in all but a few applications like building prototypes. Assembly line work is unpopular with operators.