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Level Schedules for Mixed-Model Assembly Lines in Just-In-Time Production Systems


  • John Miltenburg

    (Faculty of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4)


Mixed-model assembly lines are used to produce many different products without carrying large inventories. The effective utilization of these lines requires that a schedule for assembling the different products be determined. For Just-In-Time (JIT) production systems, which require producing only the necessary products in the necessary quantities at the necessary times, the objective is to keep a constant rate of usage of all parts used by the line. This is called levelling or balancing the schedule. This paper develops a theoretical basis for scheduling these systems, and presents new scheduling algorithms and heuristics.

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  • John Miltenburg, 1989. "Level Schedules for Mixed-Model Assembly Lines in Just-In-Time Production Systems," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 35(2), pages 192-207, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:35:y:1989:i:2:p:192-207

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