Line-Flow Process As with intermittent processes line-flow processes also are frequently subdivided into two processes assembly line and continuous Assembly line processes manufacture individual discrete products Examples here include electronic products such as VCRs and CD players as well as automobiles and kitchen appliances. Continuous processes are exactly what their name implies continuous producing products that are not discrete Petroleum refineries and chemical plants provide good examples of continuous processes.
Line-flows are characterized by high fixed costs and low variable costs and are often viewed as the most efficient of the three types of processes. Labor skill especially in assembly-line operations is typically very low as workers are required to learn only a very few simple operations. Line-flows are used for only the highest volumes of products are very focused and consequently are the most inflexible of the three processes.