Manufacturing flow line systems: a review of models and analytical results
Author(s)Dallery, Yves; Gershwin, Stanley B.
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The most important models and results of the manufacturing flow line literature are described. These include the major classes of models (asynchronous, synchronous, and continuous); the major features (blocking, processing times, failures and repairs); the major properties (conservation of flow, flow rate-idle time, reversibility, and others); and the relationships among different models. Exact and approximate methods for obtaining quantitative measures of performance are also reviewed. The exact methods are appropriate for small systems. The approximate methods, which are the only means available for large systems, are generally based on decomposition, and make use of the exact methods for small systems. Extensions are briefly discussed. Directions for future research are suggested.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity
Dallery, Yves, and Stanley B. Gershwin. “Manufacturing Flow Line Systems: a Review of Models and Analytical Results.” Queueing Syst 12, no. 1–2 (March 1992): 3–94.
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