Mixed-Model Assembly Line Scheduling in Consideration of Idle Time and Line Stops

Kenji Kurashige, Yoshinari Yanagawa, Shigeji Miyazaki, Yoshimasa Kameyama

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In mixed-model assembly line problem in JIT production system, to keep the consumption rate of each part is very important. It is called parts usage leveling goal. The goal chasing method (GC) and a number of paper have been proposed to achieve this goal. Recently, the time-based goal chasing method (TBGC) that is consideration of the different assembly time among each product has been proposed. The good point of TBGC is able to consider the working situation at assembly line. However, TBGC has been only applied to simple assembly line problem. In the assembly line, line stops do not happen because working area is not restricted and total length of the line is assumed to be long enough. In this paper, working situations are formulated in order to apply TBGC to an aessembly line problem which has line stops.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-269
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Issue number653
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Goal Chasing Method
  • JIT
  • Mixed-Model Assembly Line
  • Parts Usage
  • Process Planning
  • Production Planning
  • Production System
  • Time Based Goal Chaning Method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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