Modular Production Line Optimization

The exPLOre Architecture

Diomidis D. Spinellis, Chrissoleon T. Papadopoulos

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Abstract

The general design problem in serial production lines concerns the allocation of resources such as the number of servers, their service rates, and buffers given production-specific constraints, associated costs, and revenue projections. We describe the design of exPLOre: a modular, object-oriented, production line optimization software architecture. An abstract optimization module can be instantiated using a variety of stochastic optimization methods such as simulated annealing and genetic algorithms. Its search space is constrained by a constraint checker while its search direction is guided by a cost analyser which combines the output of a throughput evaluator with the business model. The throughput evaluator can be instantiated using Markovian, generalised queueing network methods, a decomposition, or an expansion method algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-541
Number of pages15
JournalMathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Production Line
Throughput
Optimization
Queueing Networks
Business Model
Simulated Annealing Algorithm
Stochastic Optimization
Stochastic Methods
Costs
Software Architecture
Object-oriented
Search Space
Optimization Methods
Buffer
Queueing networks
Server
Genetic Algorithm
Projection
Software architecture
Simulated annealing

Keywords

  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Optimization
  • Performance
  • Production lines
  • Stochastic modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Modular Production Line Optimization : The exPLOre Architecture. / Spinellis, Diomidis D.; Papadopoulos, Chrissoleon T.

In: Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 6, 2001, p. 527-541.

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