International Journal of Production Research volume 57, issue 6, P1645-1666 2018 DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2018.1495344 View full text
Rodrigo Romero-Silva, Sabry Shaaban

Abstract: Unbalanced, unreliable (UR), unpaced, merging assembly lines are simulated in this study with varying line lengths, buffer storage capacities, imbalance degrees and unequal mean operation time configurations and uneven buffer capacity (BC) allocation. This paper contributes to the literature by suggesting that, in many cases, imbalance can improve merging lines' performance, as compared to a corresponding balanced merging line. It was found that an inverted bowl or descending patterns for mean operation times …

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