An analytic formula for the mean throughput of K-station production lines with no intermediate buffers

Hrissoleon T. Papadopoulos

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Abstract

Using the holding time model (HTM) method, an approximate analytic formula is derived for calculating the average throughput of a K-station production line with exponential service times, manufacturing blocking and no intermediate buffers between adjacent stations. The usefulness of the proposed analytical formula relies on the fact that it can handle the (general) case of workstations with different mean processing times - this being the contribution of this work compared against that of Alkaff and Muth - provided a good estimation of some coefficients involved is being made. By doing this for the balanced lines case, a simple formula is proposed with very good numerical results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-494
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 21 1996

Keywords

  • Blocking phenomenon
  • GERT networks
  • Performance evaluation
  • Production line systems
  • Stochastic modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management

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