@article{(Open Science Index):https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10004616,
	  title     = {The Operating Behaviour of Unbalanced Unpaced Merging Assembly Lines},
	  author    = {S. Shaaban and  T. McNamara and  S. Hudson},
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	  institution	= {},
	  abstract     = {This paper reports on the performance of deliberately unbalanced, reliable, non-automated and assembly lines that merge, whose workstations differ in terms of their mean operation times. Simulations are carried out on 5- and 8-station lines with 1, 2 and 4 buffer capacity units, % degrees of line imbalance of 2, 5 and 12, and 24 different patterns of means imbalance. Data on two performance measures, namely throughput and average buffer level were gathered, statistically analysed and compared to a merging balanced line counterpart. It was found that the best configurations are a balanced line arrangement and a monotone decreasing order for each of the parallel merging lines, with the first generally resulting in a lower throughput and the second leading to a lower average buffer level than those of a balanced line.
},
	    journal   = {International Journal of Economics and Management Engineering},
	  volume    = {10},
	  number    = {6},
	  year      = {2016},
	  pages     = {1893 - 1900},
	  ee        = {https://publications.waset.org/pdf/10004616},
	  url   	= {https://publications.waset.org/vol/114},
	  bibsource = {https://publications.waset.org/},
	  issn  	= {eISSN: 1307-6892},
	  publisher = {World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology},
	  index 	= {Open Science Index 114, 2016},
	}