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Transfer Lines

Transfer Lines

  • Introduction
    The main objective of this module is to give an introduction to two-stage transfer lines and general serial systems. This module is mainly focused on the basic Markov chain model that is used for two-stage, single buffer lines. The module is intended for use as a regular lecture in a graduate introductory course to Manufacturing Systems Analysis, or a self-contained support lecture in a graduate course that focuses on modeling and analysis of manufacturing systems. The background knowledge required for the module is elementary knowledge of assembly lines and serial systems. In particular, it will be helpful if the student has some knowledge in probability and statistics. The module is designed to make the students active participants in the lecture's exercises. This is made possible by the use of Active Learning techniques. 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
    • Understand and analyze serial production systems that are subject to machine failures and random processing times
    • Evaluate the effectiveness (availability) of a transfer line given the
    • Failure rates for each workstation
    • Repair rates for each workstation
  • Student Materials
  • Instructor guide
  • Reading Assessment
  • Assignment
  • Web Material


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