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Scheduling Just-in-Time Part Supply for Mixed-Model Assembly Lines


  • Nils Boysen

    () (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Lehrstuhl für Operations Management)

  • Stefan Bock

    () (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik und Operations Research)


With increasing cost competition and product variety, providing an efficient Just-in-Time (JIT) supply has become one of the greatest challenges in the use of mixed-model assembly line production systems. In the present paper, therefore, we propose a new approach for scheduling JIT part supply from a central storage center. Usually, materials are stored in boxes that are allotted to the consumptive stations of the line by forklift. For such a real-world problem, a new model, a complexity proof as well as different exact and heuristic solution procedures are provided. Furthermore, at the interface between logistics and assembly operations, strategic management implications are obtained. Speci?cally, basing on the new approach, it is the first time a statistical analysis is being made as to whether widespread Level Scheduling policies, which are well-known from the Toyota Production System, indeed facilitate material supply. Note that in literature it is frequently claimed that this causality exists.

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  • Nils Boysen & Stefan Bock, 2010. "Scheduling Just-in-Time Part Supply for Mixed-Model Assembly Lines," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers (Expired!) 01/2010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:jen:jenjbe:2010-01

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    1. Mustapha Sali & Evren Sahin, 2016. "Line feeding optimization for Just in Time assembly lines: an application to the automotive industry," Post-Print hal-01265041, HAL.
    2. Shi, Wen & Liu, Zhixue & Shang, Jennifer & Cui, Yujia, 2013. "Multi-criteria robust design of a JIT-based cross-docking distribution center for an auto parts supply chain," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 229(3), pages 695-706.
    3. Boysen, Nils & Emde, Simon & Hoeck, Michael & Kauderer, Markus, 2015. "Part logistics in the automotive industry: Decision problems, literature review and research agenda," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 242(1), pages 107-120.

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    Scheduling; Mixed-model assembly line; Just-in-Time; In-house Logistics;

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