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Mixed Model Line Balancing with Smoothed Station Assignments

  • Nick T. Thomopoulos

    (Illinois Institute of Technology)

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    The general practice in mixed model assembly line balancing is to assign work to stations in a manner that each station has an equal amount of work on a daily or shift basis. This paper shows how a modification to mixed model line balancing algorithms can be used so that the stations are loaded more consistently on a model by model basis as well. In addition, the modification now allows mixed model line balancing to become a plausible tool for batched assembly line processes. The procedure is general in nature and is applicable to most line balancing algorithms.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 16 (1970)
    Issue (Month): 9 (May)
    Pages: 593-603

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:16:y:1970:i:9:p:593-603
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