In a of subassembly lines, balance becomes more difficult to achieve as it requires that all subassembly lines be synchronized to produce at the same rate. We show how to adapt the ‘‘bucket brigade’’ protocol of work-sharing so that balance emerges spontaneously.
bucket brigade, assembly line, assembly network, work sharing, dynamical systems, self-organizing systems
Business Administration, Management, and Operations
European Journal of Operational Research
Bartholdi, III, John J.; Eisenstein, Donald D.; and Lim, Yun Fong.
Bucket Brigades on In-Tree Assembly Networks. (2004). European Journal of Operational Research. 168, (3), 870-879. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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