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Assembly Line Balancing with Multiple Stations


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  • G. M. Buxey

    (University of Bradford, England)

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    A case is stated for extending the techniques of assembly line balancing to provide for the parallel operation of identical stations, where this leads to a reduction in idle time. The practical implications of operating with this type of system are discussed, both for the stations themselves and the line as a whole, with reference to various classifications of assembly line, and ways in which balancing can be made to fit into an overall strategy for production line design are touched upon. Two distinct types of computer program have been developed to enable multiple stations to become a recognised feature incorporated into "heuristic" line balancing, rather than an appendage to be applied ad hoc by industrial engineers when current techniques have proven inadequate. One approach is based on a more sophisticated version of the `positional weight' method while the other relies on the contrasting philosophy of the "random generation" method, and a comparison is made of their relative success in solving two assembly line problems, and their potential from an industrial viewpoint.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 20 (1974)
    Issue (Month): 6 (February)
    Pages: 1010-1021

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:20:y:1974:i:6:p:1010-1021

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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. 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.
    3. Hsiu-Hsueh Kao & Din-Horng Yeh & Yi-Hsien Wang, 2011. "Resource Constrained Assembly Line Balancing Problem Solved with Ranked Positional Weight Rule," Review of Economics & Finance, Better Advances Press, Canada, vol. 1, pages 71-80, November.
    4. Armin Scholl & Malte Fliedner & Nils Boysen, 2008. "Absalom: Balancing assembly lines with assignment restrictions," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 02/2008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.


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