@article{(International Science Index):https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10001406,
	  title     = {Unreliable Production Lines with Simultaneously Unbalanced Operation Time Means, Breakdown, and Repair Rates},
	  author    = {S. Shaaban and  T. McNamara and  S. Hudson},
	  country	= {},
	  institution	= {},
	  abstract     = {This paper investigates the benefits of deliberately
unbalancing both operation time means (MTs) and unreliability
(failure and repair rates) for non-automated production lines. The
lines were simulated with various line lengths, buffer capacities,
degrees of imbalance and patterns of MT and unreliability imbalance.
Data on two performance measures, namely throughput (TR) and
average buffer level (ABL) were gathered, analyzed and compared to
a balanced line counterpart. A number of conclusions were made
with respect to the ranking of configurations, as well as to the
relationships among the independent design parameters and the
dependent variables. It was found that the best configurations are a
balanced line arrangement and a monotone decreasing MT order,
coupled with either a decreasing or a bowl unreliability configuration,
with the first generally resulting in a reduced TR and the second
leading to a lower ABL than those of a balanced line.},
	    journal   = {International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering},
	  volume    = {9},
	  number    = {6},
	  year      = {2015},
	  pages     = {1799 - 1807},
	  ee        = {https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10001406},
	  url   	= {https://publications.waset.org/vol/102},
	  bibsource = {https://publications.waset.org/},
	  issn  	= {eISSN: 1307-6892},
	  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
	  index 	= {International Science Index 102, 2015},