Multi-manned assembly lines are often designed to produce big-sized products, such as automobiles and trucks. In this type of production lines, there are multi-manned workstations where a group of workers simultaneously performs different operations on the same individual product. One of the problems, that managers of such production lines usually encounter, is to produce the optimal number of items using a fixed number of workstations, without adding new ones. In this paper, such a class of problems, namely, the multi-manned assembly line balancing problem is addressed, with the objective of minimising the cycle time. A mixed-integer mathematical programming formulation is proposed for the considered problem. This model has the primary objective of minimising the cycle time for a given number of workstations and the secondary objective of minimising the total number of workers. Since the addressed problem is NP-hard, two meta-heuristic approaches based on the simulated annealing algorithm have been developed: ISA and DSA. ISA solves the problem indirectly while DSA solves it directly. The performance of the two algorithms are tested and compared on a set of test problems taken from the literature. The results show that DSA outperforms ISA in term of solution quality and computational time.
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|Titolo:||Simulated annealing algorithms for the multi-manned assembly line balancing problem: minimising cycle time|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|