Department of Economics and Business Economics

Simon Emde

Scheduling the part supply of mixed-model assembly lines in line-integrated supermarkets

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  • Nils Boysen, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
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  • Simon Emde

Line-integrated supermarkets constitute a novel in-house parts logistics concept for feeding mixed-model assembly lines. In this context, supermarkets are decentralized logistics areas located directly in each station. Here, parts are withdrawn from their containers by a dedicated logistics worker and sorted just-in-sequence (JIS) into a JIS-bin. From this bin, assembly workers fetch the parts required by the current workpiece and mount them during the respective production cycle. This paper treats the scheduling of the part supply processes within line-integrated supermarkets. The scheduling problem for refilling the JIS-bins is formalized and a complexity analysis is provided. Furthermore, a heuristic decomposition approach is presented and important managerial aspects are investigated.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Pages (from-to)820-829
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Automobile industry, In-house logistics, Mixed-model assembly lines, Part supply

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