Bucket brigades with worker learning

@article{Armbruster2007BucketBW,
  title={Bucket brigades with worker learning},
  author={Dieter Armbruster and Esma Senturk Gel and Junko Murakami},
  journal={European Journal of Operational Research},
  year={2007},
  volume={176},
  pages={264-274}
}
The dynamics and throughput of a bucket brigade production system is studied when workers speeds increase due to learning. It is shown that, if the rules of the bucket brigade system allow a re-ordering of its workers then the bucket brigade production system is very robust and will typically rebalance to a self-organizing optimal production arrangement. As workers learn only those parts of the production line that they work on, the stationary velocity distribution for the workers of a stable… CONTINUE READING
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