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.
chaos, discrete production, bucket brigade, dynamical systems
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods | Operations and Supply Chain Management
Naval Research Logistics
BARTHOLDI, John J. III; EISENSTEIN, Donald D.; and LIM, Yun Fong.
Deterministic Chaos in a Model of Discrete Manufacturing. (2009). Naval Research Logistics. 56, (4), 293-299. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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