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Advances in assembly line parts feeding policies: a literature review

Huseyin Selcuk Kilic (Department of Industrial Engineering, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Mehmet Bulent Durmusoglu (Department of Industrial Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a literature review on parts feeding policies and to provide the components of parts feeding systems via a classification structure.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper determines the scope and components of parts feeding systems via a classification structure under three main components such as the storage of parts, transport of parts and feeding policy. Afterward, it is focused on parts feeding policies and the related papers are reviewed and analyzed according to their feeding policy types, objectives, solution methodologies and the application types.

Findings

A classification structure showing the components and scope of parts feeding systems is provided. Parts feeding policies are handled in detail and feeding policy types, objectives, solution methodologies and application types in the existing studies are presented in this paper. However, the paper highlights the open research areas and advances for academics and presents applied solution methodologies and case studies for practitioners.

Originality/value

This paper reveals the scope of parts feeding systems by presenting a classification structure including three main components and related subcomponents and provides a comprehensive literature review on parts feeding policies.

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Citation

Kilic, H.S. and Durmusoglu, M.B. (2015), "Advances in assembly line parts feeding policies: a literature review", Assembly Automation, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 57-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-05-2014-047

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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