Line Balancing and Control Strategies

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    Hi I’m new to this forum

    I’m currently doing a final year project on production simulation and I’ve been looking at line balancing, I’m wondering is line balancing a form of control strategy? can I integrate line balancing with push, pull or conwip strategies

    Thanks in advance



    Robert Butler

    A quick Google search indicates push, pull, and conwip are all variations on a theme – basically they focus on having work in progress throughout the line (CONWIP = Constant Work in Progress).  The same Google search indicates line balancing is just the practice of dividing the production line tasks into what are called equal portions with the idea that labor idle time is reduced to a minimum. Based on this quick search it would seem the issue is which flavor of production control do you want to emphasize rather than wondering about integrating one with the other because all of them appear to have the same goal – minimum worker idle time and maximum throughput.

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