Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

6-2009

Abstract

A natural extension of the bucket brigade model of manufacturing is capable of chaotic behavior in which the product intercompletion times are, in effect, random, even though the model is completely deterministic. This is, we believe, the first proven instance of chaos in discrete manufacturing. Chaotic behavior represents a new challenge to the traditional tools of engineering management to reduce variability in production lines. Fortunately, if configured correctly, a bucket brigade assembly line can avoid such pathologies.

Keywords

chaos, discrete production, bucket brigade, dynamical systems

Discipline

Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Naval Research Logistics

Volume

56

Issue

4

First Page

293

Last Page

299

ISSN

0894-069X

Identifier

10.1002/nav.20337

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nav.20337

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