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Multi-manned assembly line balancing problem with balanced load density

Hamid Yilmaz (Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey)
Mustafa Yilmaz (Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is balancing multi-manned assembly lines with load-balancing constraints in addition to conventional ones Most research works about the multi-manned assembly line balancing problems are focused on the conventional industrial measures that minimize total number of workers, number of multi-manned workstations or both.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper provides a remedial constraint for the model to balance task load density for each worker in workstations.

Findings

Comparisons between the proposed mathematical model and the existing multi-manned mathematical model show a quite promising better task load density performance for the proposed approach.

Originality/value

In this paper, a mathematical model that combines the minimization of multi-manned stations, worker numbers and difference of task load density of workers is proposed for the first time.

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Citation

Yilmaz, H. and Yilmaz, M. (2015), "Multi-manned assembly line balancing problem with balanced load density", Assembly Automation, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 137-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-05-2014-041

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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