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Optimally locating in-house logistics areas to facilitate JIT-supply of mixed-model assembly lines


  • Simon Emde

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Nils Boysen

    () (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)


In modern-day production systems, ever-rising product variety poses a great challenge for the internal logistics systems used to feed mixed-model assembly lines with the required parts. As an answer to this challenge many manufacturers especially from automobile industries have identified the supermarket-concept as a promising part feeding strategy to enable flexible small-lot deliveries at low cost. In this context, supermarkets are decentralized inhouse logistics areas in the direct vicinity of the final assembly line, which serve as intermediary stores for parts. Small tow trains are loaded with material in a supermarket and deliver parts Just-in-Time to the stations laying on their fixed route. This paper discusses the general pros and cons of the supermarket-concept and treats the decision problem of determining the optimal number and placement of supermarkets on the shop floor. A mathematical model is proposed, an exact dynamic programming algorithm presented, and the validity of the proposed approach for practical purposes is investigated in a comprehensive computational study.

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  • Simon Emde & Nils Boysen, 2010. "Optimally locating in-house logistics areas to facilitate JIT-supply of mixed-model assembly lines," Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics - Working and Discussion Papers (Expired!) 14/2010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, School of Economics and Business Administration.
  • Handle: RePEc:jen:jenjbe:2010-14

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    Mixed-model assembly lines; Just-in-Time; Material supply; Tow Trains;

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