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Sequencing JIT Mixed-Model Assembly Lines Under Station-Load and Part-Usage Constraints

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  • Andreas Drexl

    (Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Olshausenstr. 40, 24118 Kiel, Germany)

  • Alf Kimms

    (Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Olshausenstr. 40, 24118 Kiel, Germany)

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    This paper deals with two most important problems, from both practical and theoretical standpoints, arising in sequencing mixed-model assembly lines. Such lines have become core components of modern repetitive manufacturing, and just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing in particular. One problem is to keep the usage rate of all parts fed into the final assembly as constant as possible (the "level-scheduling problem"), while the other is to keep the line's workstation loads as constant as possible (the "car-sequencing problem"). In this paper the combined problem is formulated as a single-integer programming model. The LP-relaxation of this model is solved by column-generation techniques. The results of an experimental evaluation show that the lower bounds are tight.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 47 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 480-491

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:47:y:2001:i:3:p:480-491

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    Keywords: Mixed-model Assembly Lines; Just-in-Time Production; Station-Load/Part-Usage Constraints; Set Partitioning/Column Generation;

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    1. Chatterjee A K & Mukherjee, Saral, . "Unified Concept of Bottleneck," IIMA Working Papers WP2006-05-01, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.
    2. Nils Boysen & Uli Golle & Franz Rothlauf, 2011. "The Car Resequencing Problem with Pull-Off Tables," BuR - Business Research, German Academic Association for Business Research, vol. 4(2), pages 276-292, December.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.

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