An integrated approach to the layout of flexible transfer lines (FTLs): Buffer stocks allocation

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Abstract

A key factor to a successful layout design is the allocation of the limited buffer space between the work cells of a production line. Based on a closed-form solution, this paper presents an algorithm for the optimum allocation of buffer stocks in flexible transfer lines. The analysis assumes the availability of a general storage area (central buffer), where blocked jobs can be kept until needed. Although the algorithm is devloped for Markovian systems, it has been found applicable also to non-Markovian ones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-499
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume30-31
Issue numberC
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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