Assembly lines with fractional tasks increase the throughput with a better workload balancing among the stations. The possibility to share tasks between two consecutive stations can also support the design of assembly lines with redundancies of the tasks. The redundancy of the tasks allows reacting to short failures or variations in processing time. This paper proposes a framework to support the design and control of redundancy assembly lines. The first problem concerns a modified mixed-integer linear programming model used for the fractional allocation assembly line problem to design redundancy assembly lines. Then, this research proposes control policies to manage the allocation of the tasks shared between two consecutive stations. Finally, the simulation evaluates the performance of the proposed methods to handle short failures and uncertain processing times. The numerical results show the potential improvements of the proposed methods with a limited number of redundancies. The main improvements concern the reduction of throughput time and work in process.

Evaluation of redundant configurations in assembly lines with fractional tasks

Renna, P
2022

Abstract

Assembly lines with fractional tasks increase the throughput with a better workload balancing among the stations. The possibility to share tasks between two consecutive stations can also support the design of assembly lines with redundancies of the tasks. The redundancy of the tasks allows reacting to short failures or variations in processing time. This paper proposes a framework to support the design and control of redundancy assembly lines. The first problem concerns a modified mixed-integer linear programming model used for the fractional allocation assembly line problem to design redundancy assembly lines. Then, this research proposes control policies to manage the allocation of the tasks shared between two consecutive stations. Finally, the simulation evaluates the performance of the proposed methods to handle short failures and uncertain processing times. The numerical results show the potential improvements of the proposed methods with a limited number of redundancies. The main improvements concern the reduction of throughput time and work in process.
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