Title: A survey of the literature on the multiple or parallel assembly line balancing problem

Authors: Amaia Lusa

Addresses: Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering (IOC), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Avda. Diagonal 647 p11, 08028 Barcelona, Spain

Abstract: This paper focuses on production systems that consist of multiple parallel assembly lines. The main literature contributions are briefly described and used to present a summary of the state of the art. The advantages and disadvantages of adopting multiple lines are discussed and the multiple assembly line balancing problem and its relevant characteristics are described. [Received 19 March 2007; Revised 3 July 2007; Accepted 3 September 2007]

Keywords: multiple assembly lines; parallel assembly lines; assembly line balancing; ALB; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIE.2008.016329

European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2008 Vol.2 No.1, pp.50 - 72

Published online: 18 Dec 2007 *

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