Level Schedules for Mixed-Model Assembly Lines in Just-In-Time Production Systems
AbstractMixed-model assembly lines are used to produce many different products without carrying large inventories. The effective utilization of these lines requires that a schedule for assembling the different products be determined. For Just-In-Time (JIT) production systems, which require producing only the necessary products in the necessary quantities at the necessary times, the objective is to keep a constant rate of usage of all parts used by the line. This is called levelling or balancing the schedule. This paper develops a theoretical basis for scheduling these systems, and presents new scheduling algorithms and heuristics.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.
Volume (Year): 35 (1989)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
production/scheduling: line balancing; inventory/production: just-in-time; facilities/equipment planning;
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