In the last decades, the necessity to make production more versatile and flexible has forced assembly line production systems to change from fixed assembly lines to mixed model assembly lines, where the output products are variations of the same base product and only differ in specific customizable attributes. Such assembly lines allow reduced setup time, since products can be jointly manufactured in intermixed sequences (Boysen, Flieder, Scholl. Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, 1;1-11, 2007a; Boysen, Flieder, Scholl. Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, 2;1-33, 2007b). Unfortunately, the installation of customization options typically leads to variations in process times, and when the cycle is exceeded within a certain station, an overload is created, forcing other stations to wait and idle. Normally, process time variation in an un-paced line are absorbed by buffers, but in some industrial application the buffer dimensions are critical not only for the reduction of work in progress but also in reducing other constrains (space, technology, model dimensions, etc.). The problem of balancing mixed model assembly lines (MALBP), in the long term, and that of sequencing mixed model assembly lines (MMS), in the short term (Merengo, Nava, Pozetti. Int J Prod Res 37:2835-2860, 1999), are the two major problems to solve. The object of this paper is to illustrate an innovative balancing-sequencing step-by-step procedure that aims to optimize the assembly line performance and at the same time contain the buffer dimensions in function of different market demand and production mix. The model is validated using a simulation software and an industrial application is presented. © 2008 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

Balancing-Sequencing Procedure For A Mixed Model Assembly System In Case Of Finite Buffer Capacity

BATTINI, DARIA;FACCIO, MAURIZIO;PERSONA, ALESSANDRO;SGARBOSSA, FABIO
2009

Abstract

In the last decades, the necessity to make production more versatile and flexible has forced assembly line production systems to change from fixed assembly lines to mixed model assembly lines, where the output products are variations of the same base product and only differ in specific customizable attributes. Such assembly lines allow reduced setup time, since products can be jointly manufactured in intermixed sequences (Boysen, Flieder, Scholl. Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, 1;1-11, 2007a; Boysen, Flieder, Scholl. Jena Research Papers in Business and Economics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, 2;1-33, 2007b). Unfortunately, the installation of customization options typically leads to variations in process times, and when the cycle is exceeded within a certain station, an overload is created, forcing other stations to wait and idle. Normally, process time variation in an un-paced line are absorbed by buffers, but in some industrial application the buffer dimensions are critical not only for the reduction of work in progress but also in reducing other constrains (space, technology, model dimensions, etc.). The problem of balancing mixed model assembly lines (MALBP), in the long term, and that of sequencing mixed model assembly lines (MMS), in the short term (Merengo, Nava, Pozetti. Int J Prod Res 37:2835-2860, 1999), are the two major problems to solve. The object of this paper is to illustrate an innovative balancing-sequencing step-by-step procedure that aims to optimize the assembly line performance and at the same time contain the buffer dimensions in function of different market demand and production mix. The model is validated using a simulation software and an industrial application is presented. © 2008 Springer-Verlag London Limited.
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