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Heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing: a survey

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  • Matthias Amen

    (University of Duisburg & Essen)

This paper is concerned with cost-oriented assembly line balancing. This problem occurs especially in the final assembly of automotives, consumer durables or personal computers, where production is still very labour- intensive, and where the wage rates depend on the requirements and qualifications to fulfil the work. First a short problem description is presented. After that a classi"cation of existent and new heuristic methods for solving this problem is given. The heuristic methods presented in this paper are described in detail. A new priority rule called ` best change of idle cost a is proposed. This priority rule di!ers from the existent priority rules because it is the only one which considers that production cost are the result of both, production time and cost rates. Furthermore a new sophisticated method called ` exact solution of sliding problem windows a is presented. The solution process is illustrated by an example, showing how this metaheuristic works together with an exact method.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series GE, Growth, Math methods with number 0309003.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 09 Sep 2003
Date of revision: 09 Sep 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:0309003
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 14 ; figures: 10 figures, 4 tables. Published in International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 68, No. 1, 30 October, 2000, pp. 1-14.
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  1. Amen, Matthias, 2001. "Heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing: A comparison on solution quality and computing time," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(3), pages 255-264, February.
  2. Scholl, Armin, 1999. "Balancing and sequencing of assembly lines," Publications of Darmstadt Technical University, Institute for Business Studies (BWL) 10881, Darmstadt Technical University, Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law, Institute for Business Studies (BWL).
  3. Amen, Matthias, 2000. "An exact method for cost-oriented assembly line balancing," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(1-3), pages 187-195, March.
  4. Fred M. Tonge, 1965. "Assembly Line Balancing Using Probabilistic Combinations of Heuristics," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 11(7), pages 727-735, May.
  5. James R. Jackson, 1956. "A Computing Procedure for a Line Balancing Problem," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 2(3), pages 261-271, April.
  6. \.Ilker Baybars, 1986. "A Survey of Exact Algorithms for the Simple Assembly Line Balancing Problem," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 32(8), pages 909-932, August.
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