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Heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing: a comparison on solution quality and computing time

  • Matthias Amen

    (University of Duisburg & Essen)

This paper is focused on the solution quality and computing time requirements of heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing. It is based on a recent paper (Amen, International Journal of Production Economics 68 (2000), which describes in detail the solution process of existent and two new heuristics. After a short review of the historic origin and the wideness of assembly line systems in present day industry, the paper emphasizes the economic view of production in order to cut down production cost. Results of a worst-case analysis concerning the solution quality and the computing time are presented. An interval for the worst-case-solution quality for most heuristic methods is given. The results of an experimental investigation show that the new priority rule "best change of idle cost" (Amen) achieves significantly better solutions than the existent priority rules. Furthermore, the new method "exact solution of sliding problem windows" (Amen) has been found to be the best heuristic method known so far.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series GE, Growth, Math methods with number 0309004.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 09 Sep 2003
Date of revision: 09 Sep 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:0309004
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 10 ; figures: 2 tables. Published in International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 69, No. 3, 13 February 2001
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  1. Fred M. Tonge, 1965. "Assembly Line Balancing Using Probabilistic Combinations of Heuristics," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 11(7), pages 727-735, May.
  2. F. Brian Talbot & James H. Patterson & William V. Gehrlein, 1986. "A Comparative Evaluation of Heuristic Line Balancing Techniques," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 32(4), pages 430-454, April.
  3. Anthony A. Mastor, 1970. "An Experimental Investigation and Comparative Evaluation of Production Line Balancing Techniques," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 16(11), pages 728-746, July.
  4. Amen, Matthias, 2000. "Heuristic methods for cost-oriented assembly line balancing: A survey," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(1), pages 1-14, October.
  5. Matthias Amen, 2003. "An exact method for cost-oriented assembly line balancing," GE, Growth, Math methods 0309002, EconWPA, revised 09 Sep 2003.
  6. James R. Jackson, 1956. "A Computing Procedure for a Line Balancing Problem," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 2(3), pages 261-271, April.
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