Course Outline - Line Balancing

Assembly Line Balancing is an eight-hour, one-day on-site program which introduces line balancing principles and procedures to factory supervisors and managers, IEs and other engineers, line leaders, or any others with need to logically structure the sequence and position of manufacturing assembly operations.

There is full discussion of several types of powered and unpowered lines, and terminology such as "banking" and "floating." After introduction of principles, participants are given several exercises in which to establish balances, and finish the day working on several variations of a complex problem. Production Technology's new assembly line balancing software product, Flexible Line Balancing is also demonstrated and discussed.


1.0   Introduction
   1.1   Advantages/disadvantages of powered lines
   1.2   Factors influencing product assembly
   1.3   Build methods
   1.4   Line types
   1.5   Requirements for the line balancing process
   1.6   Describing the process

2.0   Line Balancing Procedure
   2.1   Basic information
   2.2   Drawing the Precedence Chart
   2.3   Line speed and cycle time
   2.4   Calculating number of work stations
   2.5   Potential efficiency
   2.6   Assignment of elements and trial balances
   2.7   Calculation of efficiency

3.0   Line Balance Problem I (11 element)
   3.1   Statement of problem, constraints, and conditions
   3.2   Exercise
   3.3   Rules-of-thumb
   3.4   Selection of optimum trial balance

4.0   Evaluating Elemental Times (video examples)

5.0   Powered Line Operations
   5.1   Definition of a powered line
   5.2   Types of powered lines
   5.3   Principles of work assignment

6.0   Line Balance Problem II (39-element, 9 station)

7.0   Discussion of Software Applications

8.0   Summary and Critique

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