Title: The planning of the best production route in the assembly system

Authors: Anna Dobrzanska-Danikiewicz, Damian Krenczyk

Addresses: Institute of Engineering Processes Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Silesian University of Technology, ul. Konarskiego 18a, Gliwice 44-100, Poland. ' Institute of Engineering Processes Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Silesian University of Technology, ul. Konarskiego 18a, Gliwice 44-100, Poland

Abstract: The goal of this realised analyses is outworking of a methodology enabling the planning of the best production route from the set of alternative production routes. The considered approach is applied to the assembly system described by the set of defined matrices. Rhythmic concurrent production with wide assortment in the considered assembly system is realised. The theoretical roots of the considerations presented in this paper include theory of constraints and critical path scheduling techniques. To workout the three-step methodology is the main achievement of the given paper. The methodology permits to solve the decision problem concerning the selection of the fastest production route from the set of the alternative production routes which are possible for the realisation in the assembly system. The presented methodology can become an integrated part of existing authority software which aids the decision-making process connected with production planning and ensures effective utilisation of production resources. [Received on 11 April 2006; Accepted on 21 February 2007]

Keywords: assembly systems; production route; rhythmic production; theory of constraints; TOC; critical path scheduling; alternative routing; production planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2008.020583

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 2008 Vol.33 No.3, pp.213 - 225

Available online: 01 Oct 2008 *

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