Department of Economics and Business Economics

Simon Emde

Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply

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Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply. / Diefenbach, Heiko; Emde, Simon; Glock, Christoph H.

In: European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 284, No. 1, 07.2020, p. 325-344.

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Diefenbach, H, Emde, S & Glock, CH 2020, 'Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply', European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 284, no. 1, pp. 325-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2019.12.009

APA

Diefenbach, H., Emde, S., & Glock, C. H. (2020). Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply. European Journal of Operational Research, 284(1), 325-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2019.12.009

CBE

Diefenbach H, Emde S, Glock CH. 2020. Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply. European Journal of Operational Research. 284(1):325-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2019.12.009

MLA

Diefenbach, Heiko, Simon Emde and Christoph H. Glock. "Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply". European Journal of Operational Research. 2020, 284(1). 325-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2019.12.009

Vancouver

Diefenbach H, Emde S, Glock CH. Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply. European Journal of Operational Research. 2020 Jul;284(1):325-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2019.12.009

Author

Diefenbach, Heiko ; Emde, Simon ; Glock, Christoph H. / Loading tow trains ergonomically for just-in-time part supply. In: European Journal of Operational Research. 2020 ; Vol. 284, No. 1. pp. 325-344.

Bibtex

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