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.
Agile manufacturing, Manufacturing systems, Adaptive control, Dynamic systems, Assembly lines
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Annual Reviews in Control
Bartholdi, III, John J.; Eisenstein, Donald D.; and LIM, Yun Fong.
Self-Organizing Logistics Systems. (2010). Annual Reviews in Control. 34, (1), 111-117. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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