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Level Schedules for Mixed-Model Assembly Lines in Just-in-Time Production Systems

John Miltenburg
Management Science
Vol. 35, No. 2 (Feb., 1989), pp. 192-207
Published by: INFORMS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2631911
Page Count: 16
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Level Schedules for Mixed-Model Assembly Lines in Just-in-Time Production Systems
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Abstract

Mixed-model assembly lines are used to produce many different products without carrying large inventories. The effective utilization of these lines requires that a schedule for assembling the different products be determined. For Just-In-Time (JIT) production systems, which require producing only the necessary products in the necessary quantities at the necessary times, the objective is to keep a constant rate of usage of all parts used by the line. This is called levelling or balancing the schedule. This paper develops a theoretical basis for scheduling these systems, and presents new scheduling algorithms and heuristics.

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