"The first module of RC TOM examines several ways to arrange production, ranging from job shops that are tailored to producing customized products, to assembly lines where items are processed in a linear sequence and often transported between steps with a conveyor belt, to continuous flow processing. The cases are set in factories that make different kinds of products. Factories are an appealing setting to assess and improve processes because producing physical goods makes it easier to visualize process steps and work flow. This note describes four broad categories of process architectures and then examines the nature of task assignment that typically would be found in a factory organized along the lines of each process type. We will then delve more deeply into work flow policies, materials handling, and line pacing for the assembly line, since this process architecture is so widely used for the mass production of everything from smartphones to automobiles."
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