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A study of the effect of time variations for assembly line balancing in the clothing industry

Chi Leung Patrick Hui (Institute of Textile and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Sau Fun Frency Ng (Institute of Textile and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 1 October 1999

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Abstract

The problem of assembly line balancing is to assign different tasks to individual workstations for ensuring the sum of task times at any station not exceeding the station time. Standard minute time is generally used in the clothing industry as a predictor of sewing speed and production efficiency. In the clothing industry, the standard minute time derived from the work study methods is generally assumed as a constant for line balancing. However, a lot of factors cause variations on operational time of the same task such as the fabrics and sub‐materials, performance of the machinery, working environment and quality level of the product. With the aid of an illustrating example selected from a men’s shirt manufacturing factory, the effect of time variations for assembly line balancing has been studied in this paper.

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Leung Patrick Hui, C. and Fun Frency Ng, S. (1999), "A study of the effect of time variations for assembly line balancing in the clothing industry", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 181-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/09556229910281894

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