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Mixed-Model Sequencing to Minimize Utility Work and the Risk of Conveyor Stoppage


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  • Li-Hui Tsai

    (Mail Stop 50B/3238, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, One Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, California 94720)

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    This paper investigates the problem of sequencing N products on an assembly line with two objectives: minimizing (1) the risk of conveyor stoppage and (2) the total utility work. For a single station with arbitrary processing times, this problem is proved NP-hard in the strong sense for each of the two objectives. For a single station with two product types, each of which has a constant processing time, a sequence minimizing both objectives can be found in O(log N) computation time.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 41 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 485-495

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:41:y:1995:i:3:p:485-495

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    Keywords: production/scheduling; assembly lines; inventory/production; just-in-time;


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    1. Bautista, Joaquín & Cano, Alberto, 2011. "Solving mixed model sequencing problem in assembly lines with serial workstations with work overload minimisation and interruption rules," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 210(3), pages 495-513, May.
    2. Nils Boysen & Malte Fliedner & Armin Scholl, 2006. "Level-Scheduling bei Variantenfließfertigung: Klassifikation, Literaturüberblick und Modellkritik," Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft 26/2006, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
    3. Bautista, Joaquin & Cano, Jaime, 2008. "Minimizing work overload in mixed-model assembly lines," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 112(1), pages 177-191, March.
    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. Bautista, Joaquín & Cano, Alberto & Alfaro, Rocío, 2012. "Models for MMSP-W considering workstation dependencies: A case study of Nissan’s Barcelona plant," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 223(3), pages 669-679.
    6. Mansouri, S. Afshin, 2005. "A Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm for mixed-model sequencing on JIT assembly lines," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 167(3), pages 696-716, December.
    7. Xiaobo, Zhao & Ohno, Katsuhisa, 2000. "Properties of a sequencing problem for a mixed model assembly line with conveyor stoppages," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 124(3), pages 560-570, August.
    8. Nils Boysen & Malte Fliedner & Armin Scholl, 2006. "Assembly line balancing: Which model to use when?," Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft 23/2006, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
    9. Simon Emde & Nils Boysen & Armin Scholl, 2008. "Balancing mixed-model assembly lines: a computational evaluation of objectives to smoothen workload," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 17/2008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
    10. Nils Boysen & Malte Fliedner & Armin Scholl, 2006. "Produktionsplanung bei Variantenfließfertigung: Planungshierarchie und Hierarchische Planung," Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft 22/2006, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.


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