Title: Two-stage approach to the mixed-model sequencing problem

Authors: Shusaku Hiraki

Addresses: Faculty of Economic Sciences, Hiroshima Shudo University, 1-1-1, Ozukahigashi, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima 731-3195, Japan

Abstract: This paper proposes a method to address a mixed-model sequencing problem that currently exists in automobile manufacturing. From the standpoint of supply chain management, we proposed a new sequencing method that aims at: 1) levelling the workloads for each process on an assembly line; 2) maintaining a constant rate of production for all the parts in the production process; 3) meeting delivery dates of distributors when the final products are delivered by specialised shipping vessels. In order to simultaneously satisfy these three goals, a two-stage approach is proposed. First, by dividing the production period into shorter periods, the production volume of each product is determined for each of these shorter periods to maintain a constant rate of parts usage and meet the delivery date to distributors. Next, a production schedule is established for each period to realise smoother production on the assembly line.

Keywords: automobile industry; automotive manufacturing; mixed-model sequencing; pure car carrier; PCC; supply chain management; SCM; two-stage approach.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPQM.2015.067764

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, 2015 Vol.15 No.2, pp.215 - 236

Available online: 15 Feb 2015 *

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