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A review of assembly line balancing and sequencing including line layouts
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Engineering. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8992-1919
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper comprises a literature review focused on mixed-model assembly line balancing and sequencing problems, including different line layouts. The study was undertaken in collaboration with a company to assist in mapping current state of the art. Balancing problems affect businesses long-term strategic decisions and are complex problems with regard to installation and rebalancing of assembly lines. Sequencing concerns decisions of short-term problem. Sequencing approaches include: level scheduling, mixed-model sequencing and car sequencing. Level scheduling constructs a sequence of variants to create efficient deliveries supported by the just-in-time concept, whereas both car- and mixed-model sequencing aim to minimise violations of a work station’s capacity through constructing a sequence, which alternates variants with high and low work intensity. Five layouts were considered: single-, mixed-model-, multi-model-, two-sided- and u-shaped assembly lines. These layouts were evaluated on the basis of the manufactured product(s), size and space at the production plant, economic resources, number of required operators and machinery. Following a thorough investigation of the literature, a substantial gap between academic discussions and real world practical applications was identified. The aim of forthcoming work is therefore to put this theory into practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keyword [en]
Heijunka, balancing, leveling, sequencing assembly line, line layout
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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ENGINEERING, Industrial engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-2387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-2387DiVA: diva2:313377
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PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Chalmers Technical University, Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2010-04-29 Created: 2010-04-26 Last updated: 2016-02-08Bibliographically approved

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