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Assembly line balancing: Joint precedence graphs under high product variety

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  • Nils Boysen

    ()
    (Universität Hamburg, Institut für Industrielles Management, Author-Workplace-Postal: Von-Melle-Park 5, D-20146 Hamburg)

  • Malte Fliedner

    ()
    (Universität Hamburg, Institut für Industrielles Management, Author-Workplace-Postal: Von-Melle-Park 5, D-20146 Hamburg)

  • Armin Scholl

    ()
    (University of Jena, Faculty of Economics)

Abstract

Previous approaches for balancing mixed-model assembly lines rely on detailed prognoses of the demand for each model to be produced on the line (model-mix). With the help of the anticipated model-mix a joint precedence graph for a virtual average model is deduced, so that the mixed-model balancing problem is reduced to the single-model case and traditional balancing approaches can be employed. Today's ever increasing product variety often impedes reliable prognoses for individual models. Instead, forecasts for the estimated occurrences of each product feature (e.g., percentage of cars with air conditioning) are merely obtainable. This paper shows how the generation of joint precedence graphs is to be altered to account for this fundamental change in information. This way, a balancing of mixed-model assembly lines which are confronted with a high degree of product variety is enabled.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät in its series Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft with number 34/2006.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2006
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Publication status: Published in: IIE Transactions 41/3, 183-193
Handle: RePEc:jen:jenasw:2006-34

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Keywords: Product variety; Mixed-model assembly lines; Balancing; Joint Precedence Graphs;

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nils Boysen & Armin Scholl, 2009. "A General Solution Framework for Component-Commonality Problems," BuR - Business Research, German Academic Association for Business Research, vol. 2(1), pages 86-106, May.
  4. 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.

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