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Vol. 10 No. 4 (2019)
Original Research Article

Impact of Work-Sharing on the Performance of Production Line With Heterogeneous Workers

Thanatat Pasupa
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics
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Sadami Suzuki
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics
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Published 2019-12-30

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Keywords

  • line balancing,
  • work-sharing,
  • CONWIP,
  • cross-training

How to Cite

Pasupa, T., & Suzuki, S. (2019). Impact of Work-Sharing on the Performance of Production Line With Heterogeneous Workers. International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 10(4), 284–302. https://doi.org/10.24867/IJIEM-2019-4-247

Abstract

This study addresses the problem of Dynamic Line Balancing (DLB) in a two-stage production assembly tandem line where there are worker differences. This study examines the dynamic decision rules for workers to operate under DLB with a low level of work in process (WIP), in the constant work-in-process (CONWIP) system. We develop a new dynamic decision rule, the Smallest R No Starvation-II (SRNS-II), to maximize the throughput of the system. Results showed that DLB improves the throughput rate under a low WIP level. This study provides managerial insights for worker assignments and workload balancing.

 

Article history: Received (21-MAY-2019); Revised (5-OCT-2019); Accepted (20-OCT-2019); Published online (1-NOV-2019)  

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