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Line of Balance

The “Line of Balance” (LOB) is a graphic device that enables a manager to see at a single glance which of many activities comprising a complex operation are “in balance” ­ i.e., whether those which should have been completed at the time of the review actually are completed and whether any activities scheduled for future completion are lagging behind schedule. History: LOB was devised by the members of a group headed by George E. Fouch. During 1941, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company monitored production with LOB. It was successfully applied to the production planning and scheduling of the huge Navy mobilization program of World War ll. LOB proved to be a valuable tool for expediting production visibility during the Korean hostilities. During this period, defense suppliers used LOB

Source: Line of Balance Technology: A graphic method of industrial programming, US Department of Navy, April 1962