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Optimally solving the Alternative Subgraphs Assembly Line Balancing Problem

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  • Armin Scholl

    () (Chair of Decision Analysis and Management Science, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Nils Boysen

    () (Chair of Operations Management, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Malte Fliedner

Abstract

Assembly line balancing problems (ALBP) consist of distributing the total workload for manufacturing any unit of the products to be assembled among the work stations along a manufacturing line as used in the automotive or the electronics industries. Usually, it is assumed that the production process is fixed, i.e., has been determined in a preceding planning step. However, this sequential planning approach is often suboptimal because the efficiency of the production process can not be evaluated definitely with- out knowing the distribution of work. Instead, both decisions should be taken simultaneously. This has led to the Alternative Subgraphs ALBP. We give an alternative representation of the problem, formulate an improved mixed-integer program and propose a solution approach based on SALOME, an effective branch + bound procedure for the well-known Simple ALBP. Computational experiments indicate that the proposed procedure is success- ful in finding optimal solutions for small- and medium-sized problem instances and rather good heuris- tic solutions for large-scaled instances.

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  • Armin Scholl & Nils Boysen & Malte Fliedner, 2008. "Optimally solving the Alternative Subgraphs Assembly Line Balancing Problem," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers (Expired!) 05/2008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
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    1. Armin Scholl & Nils Boysen, 2008. "The Multiproduct Parallel Assembly Lines Balancing Problem: Model and Optimization Procedure," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers (Expired!) 13/2008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
    2. 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.

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    Assembly line balancing; Production process; Mass-production; Combinatorial optimization; Sequencing;

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