Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

4-2010

Abstract

When a logistics system is “self-organizing” it can function without significant intervention by managers, engineers, or software control. The social insects, such as ants or bees, provide models of self-organizing logistics systems that may be profitably emulated. We illustrate some of these ideas for the problem of balancing assembly lines.

Keywords

Agile manufacturing, Manufacturing systems, Adaptive control, Dynamic systems, Assembly lines

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Annual Reviews in Control

Volume

34

Issue

1

First Page

111

Last Page

117

ISSN

1367-5788

Identifier

10.1016/j.arcontrol.2010.02.006

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.arcontrol.2010.02.006

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