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The Design of Production Lines

  • Chrissoleon T. Papadopoulos
  • Michael J. Vidalis
  • Michael E. J. O’Kelly
  • Diomidis Spinellis
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Part of the Springer Optimization and Its Applications book series (SOIA, volume 31)

Abstract

This chapter is essentially a prelude to the rest of the text and its objective is to assist the reader to understand the main initial design problems that arise with production lines. It is important for the reader to clarify the context of any design problem related to any production line, e.g., is it a green fields situation, a modification of an existing production line to enhance performance or the adaptation of an existing line to produce products not produced already?

Once the strategic decision to use a production line to manufacture the products has been made, the design of the line must be undertaken. To remind the reader of the complexities involved, in Figure 3.1, an example of a relatively complex production line, adapted from Li (2003), is shown.

Keywords

Production Line Design Problem Service Time Allocation Problem Parallel Machine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chrissoleon T. Papadopoulos
    • 1
  • Michael J. Vidalis
    • 2
  • Michael E. J. O’Kelly
    • 3
  • Diomidis Spinellis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Business AdministrationUniversity of the AegeanChiosGreece
  3. 3.Department of Industrial EngineeringNational University of Ireland University College GalwayGalwayIreland
  4. 4.Department of Management ScienceUniversity of Economics & BusinessAthensGreece

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