A Production Line that Balances Itself

@article{Bartholdi1996APL,
  title={A Production Line that Balances Itself},
  author={John J. Bartholdi and Donald D. Eisenstein},
  journal={Operations Research},
  year={1996},
  volume={44},
  pages={21-34}
}
In \bucket brigade" manufacturing, such as recently introduced to the apparel industry, a production line has n workers moving among m stations, where each worker independently follows a simple rule that determines what to do next. Our analysis suggests and experiments con rm that if the workers are sequenced from slowest to fastest then, independently of the stations at which they begin, a stable partition of work will spontaneously emerge. Furthermore, the production rate will converge to a… CONTINUE READING
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