Integrated model for line balancing with workstation inventory management

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Dilip Roy ; Debdip khan (2010)
  • Publisher: Growing Science
  • Journal: International Journal of Industrial Engineering Computations (issn: 1923-2926, eissn: 1923-2934)
  • Subject: Supply chain | Assembly Line | Balancing Loss | Market Demand | Line Balancing | Industrial engineering. Management engineering | T55.4-60.8 | Production management. Operations management | TS155-194

In this paper, we address the optimization of an integrated line balancing process with workstation inventory management. While doing so, we have studied the interconnection between line balancing and its conversion process. Almost each and every moderate to large manufacturing industry depends on a long and integrated supply chain, consisting of inbound logistic, conversion process and outbound logistic. In this sense an approach addresses a very general problem of integrated line balancing. Research works reported in the literature so far mainly deals with minimization of cost for inbound and outbound logistic subsystems. In most of the cases conversion process has been ignored. We suggest a generic approach for linking the balancing of the line of production in the conversion area with the customers’ rate of demand in the market and for configuring the related stock chambers. Thus, the main aim of this paper is to translate the underlying problem in the form of mixed nonlinear programming problem and design the optimum supply chain so that the total inventory cost and the cost of balancing loss of the conversion process is jointly minimized and ideal cycle time of the production process is determined along with ideal sizes of the stock chambers. A numerical example has been added to demonstrate the suitability of our approach.
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