1 Introduction</h5> Assembly lines are a common way to organise mass production of standardised products. They consist of ordered stations along a conveyor belt to which a set of tasks is assigned to. The cycle time determines how much time the stations’ workers and/or machines have to fulfil their tasks before passing on the workpiece to the next following station.</P>The simple assembly line balancing problem type 1 (SALBP-1) is a fundamental and well-studied problem of assembly line design ( Baybars, 1986; Scholl, 1999 ). The tasks j = 1, … , n are defined by task times t j and their positions within the precedence graph. The goal is to minimise m as number of loaded stations given a fixed cycle time c . A list of all used symbols can be found in Table 1 . Fig. 1 illustrates SALBP-1 exemplarily. The nodes (tasks) of the precedence graph are indexed from 1 to 8 and above them stand their task times t j . For SALBP-1 a solution is feasible if (i) the tasks of each station do not have a task time sum larger than c and (ii) no direct or indirect predecessor of any task
European Journal of Operational Research – Elsevier
Published: Jan 1, 2015
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