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Assembly line

Posted by ESC on January 14, 2004

In Reply to: Assembly line posted by ESC on January 14, 2004

: : : Hi,
: : : I'm looking for a word/phase that describes the concept of a "bucket brigade". My foriegn friends haven't ever heard this phrase before and I need something that's semi-universal.

: : : For those of you who don't understand the concept. A bucket brigade was used in pre-fire engine America to put out house fires. Villagers would line up between the well/river and the burning house and pass full buckets to the fire and the empty buckets back.

: : : The concept is that it's an organization scheme where each station does a task and then the work is moved on to the next station.

: : : THoughts would be appreciated.
: : : Cheers!

: : sequenced tasks?

: Wouldn't "assembly line" mean the same thing?

From Merriam-Webster online:
Main Entry: assembly line
Function: noun
Date: 1914
1 : an arrangement of machines, equipment, and workers in which work passes from operation to operation in direct line until the product is assembled
2 : a process for turning out a finished product in a mechanically efficient manner. Academic assembly lines.