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Designing parallel assembly lines with split workplaces: Model and optimization procedure

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  • Scholl, Armin
  • Boysen, Nils

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A production system which consists of a number of parallel assembly lines is considered. On each line a certain product is manufactured observing a common cycle time. By arranging the lines in a favourable manner, it is possible to increase efficiency of the production system by combining stations of neighbouring lines when balancing them. The objective is to minimize the number of workplaces (operators) required. This problem is called parallel assembly line balancing problem (PALBP) and has previously been considered by Gökçen et al. [2006. Balancing of parallel assembly lines. Int. J. Prod. Econ. 103, 600-609]. In the paper on hand, we give a detailed problem description and model the problem as a binary linear programme. Furthermore, an exact solution approach based on an extension of the well-known branch-and-bound procedure Salome is proposed. Computational experiments show that this procedure clearly outperforms other approaches as it is able to solve small- to medium-sized problem instances to optimality and provides good heuristic solutions for large-sized problems.

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  • Scholl, Armin & Boysen, Nils, 2009. "Designing parallel assembly lines with split workplaces: Model and optimization procedure," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 119(1), pages 90-100, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:119:y:2009:i:1:p:90-100
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    1. 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.
    2. Araújo, Felipe F.B. & Costa, Alysson M. & Miralles, Cristóbal, 2012. "Two extensions for the ALWABP: Parallel stations and collaborative approach," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 140(1), pages 483-495.
    3. 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.
    4. Dashuang Li & Chaoyong Zhang & Xinyu Shao & Wenwen Lin, 2016. "A multi-objective TLBO algorithm for balancing two-sided assembly line with multiple constraints," Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Springer, vol. 27(4), pages 725-739, August.
    5. Tiacci, Lorenzo, 2015. "Simultaneous balancing and buffer allocation decisions for the design of mixed-model assembly lines with parallel workstations and stochastic task times," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 162(C), pages 201-215.

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