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Job rotation in assembly lines employing disabled workers


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  • Costa, Alysson M.
  • Miralles, Cristóbal
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    In this paper we consider the programming of job rotation in the assembly line worker assignment and balancing problem. The motivation for this study comes from the designing of assembly lines in sheltered work centers for the disabled, where workers have different task execution times. In this context, the well-known training aspects associated with job rotation are particularly desired. We propose a metric along with a mixed integer linear model and a heuristic decomposition method to solve this new job rotation problem. Computational results show the efficacy of the proposed heuristics.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 120 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (August)
    Pages: 625-632

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:120:y:2009:i:2:p:625-632

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    Keywords: Assembly lines Disabled workers Job rotation;


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    1. Araújo, Felipe F.B. & Costa, Alysson M. & Miralles, Cristóbal, 2012. "Two extensions for the ALWABP: Parallel stations and collaborative approach," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 140(1), pages 483-495.
    2. Alena Otto & Armin Scholl, 2010. "Incorporating ergonomic risks into assembly line balancing," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 11/2010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
    3. Battaïa, Olga & Dolgui, Alexandre, 2013. "A taxonomy of line balancing problems and their solutionapproaches," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 142(2), pages 259-277.
    4. Moreira, Mayron César O. & Costa, Alysson M., 2013. "Hybrid heuristics for planning job rotation schedules in assembly lines with heterogeneous workers," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 141(2), pages 552-560.


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