A simulated annealing approach for buffer allocation in reliable production lines

Diomidis D. Spinellis, Chrissoleon T. Papadopoulos

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Abstract

We describe a simulated annealing approach for solving the buffer allocation problem in reliable production lines. The problem entails the determination of near optimal buffer allocation plans in large production lines with the objective of maximizing their average throughput. The latter is calculated utilizing a decomposition method. The allocation plan is calculated subject to a given amount of total buffer slots in a computationally efficient way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-384
Number of pages12
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Volume93
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • Buffer allocation
  • Decomposition method
  • Production lines
  • Simulated annealing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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