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An efficient algorithm for U-type assembly line re-balancing problem with stochastic task times

Faruk Serin (Munzur University, Tunceli, Turkey)
Süleyman Mete (Munzur University, Tunceli, Turkey)
Erkan Çelik (Munzur University, Tunceli, Turkey)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 12 June 2019

Issue publication date: 3 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Changing the product characteristics and demand quantity resulting from the variability of the modern market leads to re-assigned tasks and changing the cycle time on the production line. Therefore, companies need re-balancing of their assembly line instead of balancing. The purpose of this paper is to propose an efficient algorithm approach for U-type assembly line re-balancing problem using stochastic task times.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, a genetic algorithm is proposed to solve approach for U-type assembly line re-balancing problem using stochastic task times.

Findings

The performance of the genetic algorithm is tested on a wide variety of data sets from literature. The task times are assumed normal distribution. The objective is to minimize total re-balancing cost, which consists of workstation cost, operating cost and task transposition cost. The test results show that proposed genetic algorithm approach for U-type assembly line re-balancing problem performs well in terms of minimizing total re-balancing cost.

Practical implications

Demand variation is considered for stochastic U-type re balancing problem. Demand change also affects cycle time of the line. Hence, the stochastic U-type re-balancing problem under four different cycle times are analyzed to present practical case.

Originality/value

As per the authors’ knowledge, it is the first time that genetic algorithm is applied to stochastic U-type re balancing problem. The large size data set is generated to analyze performance of genetic algorithm. The results of proposed algorithm are compared with ant colony optimization algorithm.

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Citation

Serin, F., Mete, S. and Çelik, E. (2019), "An efficient algorithm for U-type assembly line re-balancing problem with stochastic task times", Assembly Automation, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 581-595. https://doi.org/10.1108/AA-07-2018-106

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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