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

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  • Matthias Amen

    (University of Duisburg & Essen)

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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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  • Matthias Amen, 2003. "Heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing: a survey," GE, Growth, Math methods 0309003, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 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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    4. 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.
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    1. Boysen, Nils & Fliedner, Malte, 2008. "A versatile algorithm for assembly line balancing," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 184(1), pages 39-56, January.
    2. Hop, Nguyen Van, 2006. "A heuristic solution for fuzzy mixed-model line balancing problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 168(3), pages 798-810, February.
    3. Gamberini, Rita & Grassi, Andrea & Rimini, Bianca, 2006. "A new multi-objective heuristic algorithm for solving the stochastic assembly line re-balancing problem," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 102(2), pages 226-243, August.
    4. Boysen, Nils & Fliedner, Malte & Scholl, Armin, 2007. "A classification of assembly line balancing problems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 183(2), pages 674-693, December.
    5. Boysen, Nils & Fliedner, Malte & Scholl, Armin, 2008. "Assembly line balancing: Which model to use when," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 509-528, February.
    6. Dashuang Li & Chaoyong Zhang & Xinyu Shao & Wenwen Lin, 2016. "A multi-objective TLBO algorithm for balancing two-sided assembly line with multiple constraints," Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Springer, vol. 27(4), pages 725-739, August.
    7. Sternatz, Johannes, 2014. "Enhanced multi-Hoffmann heuristic for efficiently solving real-world assembly line balancing problems in automotive industry," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 235(3), pages 740-754.
    8. Amen, Matthias, 2006. "Cost-oriented assembly line balancing: Model formulations, solution difficulty, upper and lower bounds," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 168(3), pages 747-770, February.
    9. Kahan, Tomer & Bukchin, Yossi & Menassa, Roland & Ben-Gal, Irad, 2009. "Backup strategy for robots' failures in an automotive assembly system," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 120(2), pages 315-326, August.
    10. Becker, Christian & Scholl, Armin, 2006. "A survey on problems and methods in generalized assembly line balancing," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 168(3), pages 694-715, February.
    11. 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.
    12. Guschinskaya, Olga & Dolgui, Alexandre, 2009. "Comparison of exact and heuristic methods for a transfer line balancing problem," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 120(2), pages 276-286, August.

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    Keywords

    Assembly line balancing; Cost-oriented production planning; Heuristic methods;

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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting

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