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Hybrid heuristics for planning job rotation schedules in assembly lines with heterogeneous workers

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  • Moreira, Mayron César O.
  • Costa, Alysson M.

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We investigate the problem of balancing assembly lines with heterogeneous workers while considering job rotation schedules. This problem typically occurs in assembly lines in sheltered work centers for disabled. We propose a hybrid algorithm that uses a Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) to select appropriate schedules from a pool of heuristically constructed solutions. A local search based on MIP neighborhoods is used as a post-optimization method. Our results show that this approach is fast, flexible and accurate when compared with current available methods.

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  • Moreira, Mayron César O. & Costa, Alysson M., 2013. "Hybrid heuristics for planning job rotation schedules in assembly lines with heterogeneous workers," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 141(2), pages 552-560.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:141:y:2013:i:2:p:552-560
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.09.011
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    1. Battaïa, Olga & Delorme, Xavier & Dolgui, Alexandre & Hagemann, Johannes & Horlemann, Anika & Kovalev, Sergey & Malyutin, Sergey, 2015. "Workforce minimization for a mixed-model assembly line in the automotive industry," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 170(PB), pages 489-500.
    2. Mossa, G. & Boenzi, F. & Digiesi, S. & Mummolo, G. & Romano, V.A., 2016. "Productivity and ergonomic risk in human based production systems: A job-rotation scheduling model," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 171(P4), pages 471-477.
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