How can layout impact production? Eddie Davilla explains the spectrum that runs between assembly lines and flexible flow systems.
- Making those things that customers desire. … Making them well and in a timely fashion, … and still making the best use of people, tools, … and your facility. … Operations management tries to give you all of those things … through the use of different layout strategies, … but beyond the best use of your resources, … the right layout strategy can create a good work environment … for workers, and a comfortable experience for customers. … While there are many different layout strategies … for different environments, … let's look at two that are polar opposites: … line-flow layouts, and flexible-flow layouts. … A line-flow layout focuses on making a standardized product … with consistent quality in high volumes … at fast production rates. … Most tend to think of an assembly line … that might manufacture cars. … That would be correct, … that is one type of line-flow system. … But there's another type of line-flow system, … a continuous-flow system … that might be used to manufacture loaves of bread. …
- Understanding operations management
- Making key inventory decisions
- Balancing holding costs and ordering costs
- Choosing a production strategy and facility layout
- Managing waiting-line systems
- Defining quality and improving quality
- Managing business processes
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Introduction to Operations
2. Managing Inventory Basics
3. Making Products and Services
4. Managing Waiting Lines Basics
5. Quality Control Basics
6. Operations at the Office
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