A man working on an assembly line.
assembly line definition by Webster's New World
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in many factories, an arrangement whereby each worker performs a specialized operation in assembling the work as it is passed along, often on a slowly moving belt or track
assembly line definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- An arrangement of workers, machines, and equipment in which the product being assembled passes consecutively from operation to operation until completed. Also called production line.
- A process in which finished products are turned out in a mechanically efficient, though impersonal, manner: a university that functions as a sports assembly line.
assembly line - Business Definition
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A production system in which an article moves from station to station, where repetitive operations are performed to efficiently convert inputs to a finished product. Assembly-line production standardizes operations in order to reduce costs and increase quality. Toyota Motor Corporation moved from a rigid assembly line, in which employees performed a specific task with dedicated equipment, to a more flexible production system in which workers were able to switch to different tasks.
assembly line - Cultural Definition
A line of factory workers and equipment along which a product being assembled passes consecutively from operation to operation until completed.
- Assembly lines are found in many industries but are particularly associated with automobile manufacturing.