Analysis of serial production lines: characterisation study and a new heuristic procedure for optimal buffer allocation


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Sabuncuoglu İ. , Erel E., Gocgun Y.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH, cilt.44, ss.2499-2523, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 44 Konu: 13
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/00207540500465535
  • Dergi Adı: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.2499-2523

Özet

Buffer allocation in serial production lines is one of the important design issues, and hence it has been studied extensively in the literature. In this paper, we analyse the problem to characterise the optimal buffer allocation; specifically, we study the cases with single and multiple bottleneck stations under various experimental conditions. In addition, we develop an efficient heuristic procedure to allocate buffers in serial production lines to maximise throughput. The results of the computational experiments indicate that the proposed algorithm is very efficient in terms of both solution quality and CPU time requirements. Moreover, the characterisation study yields interesting findings that may lead to important practical implications. A comprehensive bibliography is also provided in the paper.