Balancing of parallel assembly lines with mixed-model product

Ismail, N.; Esmaeilian, G. R.; Hamedi, M.; Sulaiman, S.
March 2011
International Proceedings of Economics Development & Research;2011, Vol. 6, p120
Academic Journal
The single-model assembly line is not efficient for today's competitive industry because to respond the customer's expectation, companies need to produce mixedmodel products. This research takes advantages of the parallel assembly lines to balance mixed-model in parallel assembly line and allocating tasks of models to workstations to reduce the cycle times. To solve the problem, the meta-heuristic algorithms was developed and coded in MATLAB®. This research shows the modification of the mixed-model production into parallel assembly line and an algorithm can be used for more than two products together with different cycle times. In addition, now the modification allows Mixed-Model Parallel Assembly Line Balancing (MMPALB) becomes a useful tool to allocate all tasks of the mixed-model in the parallel lines, and balances with the minimum cycle time for each model.


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