is a schematic representation of an algorithm or a process, or the step-by-step solution of a problem. The flow chart is the most common type of flow chart flow diagram.
History [ edit ]
Early flow diagrams, late 19th century [ edit ]
Correspondence Card, 1885
Factory accounts, Books and Forms used in connection with Wages, 1887
Factory accounts, Books and Forms used in connection with Stores, 1887
Factory accounts, Books and Forms used in connection with Prime Cost, 1887
Factory accounts, Books and Forms used in connection with Stock, 1887
Diagram of Manufacturing Accounts, 1896.
Diagram of Expenditure and Results, showing the relations between departments, 1897.
Early flow diagrams, early 20th century [ edit ]
File:Prime Organization Elements of an Industrial Body.jpg, 1903
Principles of Organization by Production Factors, 1910
System of Controlling Accounts, 1910
Special order system, 1913
Graphic Representation of Processes and Routing in a Representative Plant, 1914
Routing Diagram for Materials and for Printing Forms in a Manufacturing Plant, 1914
Operations of a Factory System, 1919
Diagram illustrating method of charting routine operations, 1921
The Round Flow of Money Income and Expenditure, 1922
Circuit flow of money by W.T. Foster, 1922
Flow charts: 20th century, first half [ edit ]
Procedure for Numerical Indexing, 1905
Procedure for Alphabetical Indexing, 1905
Flow Sheet of Quarry Plant, 1910
Relation between Time Cards, and Work Tickets, 1913/19
Flow Chart Showing Flow of Materials through Various Processes, 1920
Order Flow Chart of the Blank Company, 1920
Process Chart for Loading Rifle Grenades,1921
Process Chart for Ordering Blank Forms - Present Method, 1921
Proposed Process Chart for First Orders, 1921
CMP Time Flow Chart, 1994-1945
Flow chart of Planning and coding of problems for an electronic computing instrument, 1947
Flow charts: 20th century, second half [ edit ]
Flow chart showing how interconnecting analog and digital computers , 1956
Telemetry-data flow chart, 1963
NASA Tracking-data flow chart, 1963
Stencil Minerva-45, ca. 1980s
Stencil for flow-chart, ca. 1980s
Design Proces Flow Chart, 1991
U.S. sulfur flow diagram adapted from Ober, 1992
Flow charts: 21th century [ edit ]
Contracting Process - Optional Approaches, 2001.
Contracting Process Line, 2001.
Event Base Schedule, 2001.
Evolutionary Acquisition, 2001.
IDEF0 Diagram Example, 2001.
Systems Engineering Process, 2001.
Trade Study Process, 2001.
Verification Tasks, 2001.
U.S aluminum flow diagram adapted from Wilburn and Wagner, 1993, consumption data from Plunkert, 2002a
Construction [ edit ]
Orientation [ edit ]
The regular flow chart has one or more starting point and one or more endings. This chart is mostly vertically orientated from top to bottom. Some charts flow horizontal from left to right. And on other group of flow charts are vertically orientated but have ending both on the bottom and horizontal on one or both sides.
Vertical [ edit ]
Diagrams from top to bottom.
Horizontal [ edit ]
Diagrams from left to right.
Vertical and horizontal [ edit ]
Diagrams starting for example on top, and ending on the bottom and left or right.
Building blocks [ edit ]
Unified building blocks [ edit ]
Text as building blocks [ edit ]
Only rectangular blocks [ edit ]
Illustrated building blocks [ edit ]
Number of blocks [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]