OPTIMAL INPUT RATES TO A SYSTEM OF MANUFACTURING CELLS.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
Journal / PublicationINFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research
Volume25
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1987
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

A manufacturing system capable of processing multiple part types generates input, at a given rate, R, to a set of m cells. Each cell processes a certain type of parts and has its own production and buffer capacities. We study the problem of allocating the production rate, R, among the m cells, such that the total throughput over all m cells will be maximized, while the blocking probabilities will be kept below a given set of limits. An optimization problem is formulated, which maximizes a concave function over a convex set. An algorithm is developed, which fully exploits the problem structure and efficiently generates the optimal solution. Several extensions of the model are also discussed.