Two extensions for the ALWABP: Parallel stations and collaborative approach.

Autores UPV
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Revista INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS

Abstract

In this article, we introduce two new variants of the ALWABP that allow parallelization of and collaboration between heterogeneous workers. These new approaches suppose an additional level of complexity in the Line Design and Assignment process, but also higher flexibility; which may be particularly useful in practical situations where the aim is to progressively integrate slow or limited workers in conventional assembly lines. We present linear models and heuristic procedures for these two new problems. Computational results show the efficiency of the proposed approaches and the efficacy of the studied layouts in different situations.