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Mixed-Model Sequencing to Minimize Utility Work and the Risk of Conveyor Stoppage

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  • Li-Hui Tsai

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This paper investigates the problem of sequencing N products on an assembly line with two objectives: minimizing (1) the risk of conveyor stoppage and (2) the total utility work. For a single station with arbitrary processing times, this problem is proved NP-hard in the strong sense for each of the two objectives. For a single station with two product types, each of which has a constant processing time, a sequence minimizing both objectives can be found in O(log N) computation time.

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  • Li-Hui Tsai, 1995. "Mixed-Model Sequencing to Minimize Utility Work and the Risk of Conveyor Stoppage," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 41(3), pages 485-495, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:41:y:1995:i:3:p:485-495
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