Coordinated quality control in a two-stage system

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1166-1179
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
Volume44
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The authors study a quality control problem in a two-stage system. They assume that at each stage units are processed in batches, and the rates are random variables with known distributions. Final products are supplied to customers under warranties or service contracts, with penalty costs associated with defective units. The focus is on coordinating the inspection procedures at the two stages. Using a stochastic dynamic programming approach, the authors show that the optimal policy at stage 1 is characterized by a sequence of thresholds, and at stage 2, by priority structure, as well as a threshold structure. The key to optimality is a so-called K-submodularity property, which is a strengthening of the usual notion of submodularity.

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Coordinated quality control in a two-stage system. / Yao, David D.; Zheng, Shaohui.

In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 44, No. 6, 1999, p. 1166-1179.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review