An Effective Computer Based Assembly Line Balancing Method
Since 1950s the assembly line balancing problem has attracted a great deal of research effort. However, the problem has not yet been solved satisfactorily and completely even at its simplest form. This means that none of the existing methods is able to obtain multiple genuinely optimal solutions. This paper presents an effective computer based method for the simple assembly line balancing problem. A computer implementation of this method has been carried out on the SUN IPC SPARC workstation using the UNIX C language. The method is elaborated using an illustrative example, with particular emphasis on its novel and essential concepts. Some computing results are presented to demonstrate its effectiveness.
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