Horizontal balancing for mixed models assembly lines

  • Luis Felipe Durango Cruz Universidad del Valle
  • Juan Pablo Orejuela Cabrera Universidad del Valle
  • Luis Alberto Ortiz Dorado Universidad del Valle
Keywords: line balancing, mixed models, horizontal balancing

Abstract

Traditionally assembly lines have been used to produce high volumes of a single model. To take advantage of these lines in flexible manufacturing environments, we can implement mixed model lines which allow ma­nufacturing different products of a family in the same line, however, its balancing requires different techniques that traditional. In this research, a literature review was made to analyze the factors affecting the mixed model lines in MTO environments and based on this we developed a mathematical optimization model to stabilize workloads making easier the decision about production sequences that are programmed on the line. The model was run in several instances and the results were significantly better than those obtained with a line balancing traditional method.

  • Author Biographies

    Luis Felipe Durango Cruz, Universidad del Valle
    Ing., Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial y Estadística, Universidad del Valle
    Juan Pablo Orejuela Cabrera, Universidad del Valle
    MSc, Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial y Estadística, Universidad del Valle
    Luis Alberto Ortiz Dorado, Universidad del Valle
    Ing., Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial y Estadística, Universidad del Valle
How to Cite
Durango Cruz, L. F., Orejuela Cabrera, J. P., & Ortiz Dorado, L. A. (1). Horizontal balancing for mixed models assembly lines. Revista Ingenierías Universidad De Medellín, 14(26), 121-137. https://doi.org/10.22395/rium.v14n26a8

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