Optimal dynamic assignment of a flexible worker on an open production line with specialists

@article{Sennott2006OptimalDA,
  title={Optimal dynamic assignment of a flexible worker on an open production line with specialists},
  author={Linn I. Sennott and Mark P. Van Oyen and Seyed M. R. Iravani},
  journal={European Journal of Operational Research},
  year={2006},
  volume={170},
  pages={541-566}
}
This paper models and analyzes serial production lines with specialists at each station and a single, cross-trained ßoating worker who can work at any station. We formulate Markov decision process models of two and three station production lines in which (1) workers do not collaborate on the same job, (2) two workers can work at the same task/workstation on different jobs at the same time. Our model includes holding costs, set-up costs, and set-up times at each station. We rigorously compute… CONTINUE READING
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