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Line Balancing-Sequencing for Mixed-Model Assembly


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  • Nick T. Thomopoulos

    (IIT Research Institute, Chicago, Illinois)

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    Mixed-model assembly occurs when more than one model of the same general product are intermixed on one assembly line. The amount of work required to assemble units can vary from model to model, creating an uneven flow of work along the line. This paper describes a procedure of adapting single-model line balancing techniques to mixed-model schedules. The paper also introduces a sequencing procedure for determining the order in which models are to flow down the line. Because the line balancing and sequencing procedures consider a wide variety of factors, they are applicable to many types of assembly lines.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 14 (1967)
    Issue (Month): 2 (October)
    Pages: B59-B75

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:14:y:1967:i:2:p:b59-b75

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    1. Boysen, Nils & Fliedner, Malte & Scholl, Armin, 2008. "Assembly line balancing: Which model to use when," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 509-528, February.
    2. Korkmazel, Tugrul & Meral, Sedef, 2001. "Bicriteria sequencing methods for the mixed-model assembly line in just-in-time production systems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 131(1), pages 188-207, May.
    3. Giard, Vincent & Jeunet, Jully, 2010. "Optimal sequencing of mixed models with sequence-dependent setups and utility workers on an assembly line," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 123(2), pages 290-300, February.
    4. Boysen, Nils & Fliedner, Malte & Scholl, Armin, 2009. "Sequencing mixed-model assembly lines: Survey, classification and model critique," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 192(2), pages 349-373, January.
    5. van Zante-de Fokkert, Jannet I. & de Kok, Ton G., 1997. "The mixed and multi model line balancing problem: a comparison," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 100(3), pages 399-412, August.
    6. McMullen, Patrick R. & Frazier, Gregory V., 1997. "A heuristic for solving mixed-model line balancing problems with stochastic task durations and parallel stations," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 51(3), pages 177-190, September.
    7. Karabati, Selcuk & Sayin, Serpil, 2003. "Assembly line balancing in a mixed-model sequencing environment with synchronous transfers," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 149(2), pages 417-429, September.
    8. Yavuz, Mesut & Tufekci, Suleyman, 2006. "A bounded dynamic programming solution to the batching problem in mixed-model just-in-time manufacturing systems," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 103(2), pages 841-862, October.


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