A new approach to solve a mixed-model assembly line with a bypass subline sequencing problem
Source: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 52, Numbers 9-12, February 2011 , pp. 1053-1066(14)
Abstract:To meet the diversification of customer's preferences, mixed-model assembly lines are installed in many manufacturing plants. In some of them, a large variation exists in assembly times among different product types. The large variation reduces production efficiency and may cause a line stoppage. These variations can be reduced by installing a bypass subline which processes a portion of assembly operations of products with relatively longer assembly times. In spite of its significance, sequencing problem on bypass subline rarely has been discussed in the literature. This paper addresses a sequencing problem with a bypass subline with the goals of leveling the part usage rates and reducing line stoppages. A novel hybrid algorithm incorporating genetic algorithm and event-based procedure is developed to solve the problem. Efficiency of the proposed algorithm is demonstrated through solving several test problems and comparing the resulted solutions with optimal solutions obtained from an exhaustive enumeration method.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.C.16846113114, Tehran, Iran, Email: Mirzapour@iust.ac.ir 2: Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, P.C.16846113114, Tehran, Iran
Publication date: 2011-02-01