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Sequencing mixed-model assembly lines: Survey, classification and model critique

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  • Nils Boysen

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Malte Fliedner

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Armin Scholl

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

Abstract

Manufacturers in a wide range of industries nowadays face the challenge of providing a rich product variety at a very low cost. This typically requires the implementation of cost efficient, flexible production systems. Often, so called mixed-model assembly lines are employed, where setup operations are reduced to such an extent that various models of a common base product can be manufactured in intermixed sequences. However, the observed diversity of mixed-model lines makes a thorough sequence planning essential for exploiting the benefits of assembly line production. This paper reviews and discusses the three major planning approaches presented in the literature, mixed-model sequencing, car sequencing and level scheduling, and provides a hierarchical classification scheme to systematically record the academic efforts in each field and to deduce future research issues.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration in its series Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers with number 02/2007.

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Publication status: Published in: European Journal of Operational Research 192/2 (2009), 349-373.
Handle: RePEc:jen:jenjbe:2007-02

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Keywords: Mixed-model assembly lines; Sequencing; Mixed-model sequencing; Car sequencing; Level scheduling;

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  1. Boysen, Nils & Scholl, Armin & Wopperer, Nico, 2012. "Resequencing of mixed-model assembly lines: Survey and research agenda," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 216(3), pages 594-604.
  2. 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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  6. Malte Fliedner & Nils Boysen & Armin Scholl, 2008. "Solving symmetric mixed-model multi-level just-in-time scheduling problems," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers 18/2008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
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