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Approaches to Line Balancing - COMSOAL & RPW Procedure

Approaches to Line Balancing - COMSOAL & RPW Procedure

  • Introduction
    This module has two main objectives: to formally introduce the two types of line balancing approaches - COMSOAL & RPW and solve the line balancing problems using the above two approaches. The module is intended to be used as a regular lecture in a graduate introductory course to Manufacturing Systems, or a self-contained support lecture in a graduate course that requires a basic knowledge of manufacturing systems. The background knowledge required for the module is elementary knowledge of general manufacturing practices and linear programming. In particular, it is necessary that the student know how to formulate simple linear programming problems. The module is designed to make the students active participants in the lecture's exercises. The module design is tailored for a class that has been divided into teams. The ideal size of the teams is three or four students. However, smaller or larger teams can also be accommodated without any changes to the module's structure.
  • Instructional Objectives
    • Explain the approaches to line balancing
    • COMSOAL Random Sequence Generation
    • Ranked Positional Weight Heuristics
    • Solve and find the optimal solutions to line balancing problems using the above techniques
  • Student Materials
  • Instructor guide
  • Reading Assessment
  • Assignment
  • Web Material


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