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An exact method for cost-oriented assembly line balancing


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  • Matthias Amen

    (University of Duisburg & Essen)


After a characterization of the cost-oriented assembly line balancing problem it will be shown that by loading the stations maximally the cost-oriented optimum can be missed. Instead of loading the stations maximally the criterion two-stations-rule a has to be used. For generating optimal solutions an exact backtracking method is introduced in which the enumeration process is limited by modied and new bounding rules. Results of an experimental investigation show that the new method finds optimal solutions for small and medium-sized problem instances in acceptable time.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series GE, Growth, Math methods with number 0309002.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 09 Sep 2003
Date of revision: 09 Sep 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:0309002

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Keywords: Assembly line balancing; Cost-oriented production planning; Exact methods;

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  1. Roger V. Johnson, 1988. "Optimally Balancing Large Assembly Lines with "Fable"," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 34(2), pages 240-253, February.
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  1. Scholl, Armin & Becker, Christian, 2005. "A note on "An exact method for cost-oriented assembly line balancing"," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 97(3), pages 343-352, September.
  2. Battaïa, Olga & Dolgui, Alexandre, 2013. "A taxonomy of line balancing problems and their solutionapproaches," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 142(2), pages 259-277.
  3. Amen, Matthias, 2001. "Heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing: A comparison on solution quality and computing time," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(3), pages 255-264, February.
  4. Amen, Matthias, 2000. "Heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing: A survey," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 1-14, October.
  5. Miralles, Cristobal & Garcia-Sabater, Jose Pedro & Andres, Carlos & Cardos, Manuel, 2007. "Advantages of assembly lines in Sheltered Work Centres for Disabled. A case study," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 110(1-2), pages 187-197, October.
  6. Sternatz, Johannes, 2014. "Enhanced multi-Hoffmann heuristic for efficiently solving real-world assembly line balancing problems in automotive industry," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 235(3), pages 740-754.
  7. Gamberi, M. & Gamberini, R. & Manzini, R. & Regattieri, A., 2008. "An analytical model to evaluating the implementation of a batch-production-oriented line," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 729-740, February.
  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. Jens J. Krüger, 2004. "Capacity Utilization and Technology Shocks in the U.S. Manufacturing Sector," Jenaer Schriften zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft 10/2004, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.


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