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Absalom: Balancing assembly lines with assignment restrictions

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  • Scholl, Armin
  • Fliedner, Malte
  • Boysen, Nils

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Assembly line balancing problems (ALBPs) arise whenever an assembly line is configured, redesigned or adjusted. An ALBP consists of distributing the total workload for manufacturing products among the work stations along the line. On the one hand, research has focussed on developing effective and fast solution methods for exactly solving the simple assembly line balancing problem (SALBP). On the other hand, a number of real-world extensions of SALBP have been introduced but solved with straight-forward and simple heuristics in many cases. Therefore, there is a lack of procedures for exactly solving such generalized ALBP. In this paper, we show how to extend the well-known solution procedure Salome [Scholl, A., Klein, R., 1997. Salome: A bidirectional branch-and-bound procedure for assembly line balancing. Informs J. Comput. 9 319-334], which is able to solve even large SALBP instances in a very effective manner, to a problem extension with different types of assignment restrictions (called ARALBP). The extended procedure, referred to as Absalom, employs a favorable branching scheme, an arsenal of bounding rules and a variety of logical tests using ideas from constraint programming. Computational experiments show that Absalom is a very promising exact solution approach although the additional assignment restrictions complicate the problem considerably and necessitate a relaxation of some components of Salome.

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Volume (Year): 200 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (February)
Pages: 688-701

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Keywords: Assembly line balancing Assignment restrictions Combinatorial optimization Branch-and-bound;

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  1. Bautista, Joaquín & Pereira, Jordi, 2011. "Procedures for the Time and Space constrained Assembly Line Balancing Problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 212(3), pages 473-481, August.
  2. Otto, Alena & Otto, Christian & Scholl, Armin, 2013. "Systematic data generation and test design for solution algorithms on the example of SALBPGen for assembly line balancing," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 228(1), pages 33-45.
  3. Otto, Alena & Scholl, Armin, 2011. "Incorporating ergonomic risks into assembly line balancing," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 212(2), pages 277-286, July.
  4. Armin Scholl & Nils Boysen, 2008. "The Multiproduct Parallel Assembly Lines Balancing Problem: Model and Optimization Procedure," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 13/2008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
  5. Hanne Klindworth & Christian Otto & Armin Scholl, 2010. "On a learning precedence graph concept for the automotive industry," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 09/2010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
  6. Scholl, Armin & Boysen, Nils, 2009. "Designing parallel assembly lines with split workplaces: Model and optimization procedure," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 119(1), pages 90-100, May.
  7. Christian Becker & Armin Scholl, 2008. "Balancing assembly lines with variable parallel workplaces: Problem definition, model and exact solution procedure," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 06/2008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
  8. Sternatz, Johannes, 2014. "Enhanced multi-Hoffmann heuristic for efficiently solving real-world assembly line balancing problems in automotive industry," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 235(3), pages 740-754.

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