An optimal part sending policy for a production system in a general configuration with a new control strategy

Zhao Xiaobo, Kenichi Nakashima

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Abstract

We consider a production system in a general configuration with a new control strategy: the push mechanism for the part transport and the kanban technique for the work-in-process (WIP). The production system is composed of many stations such as an entrance station, a set of work stations, a central station, and an exit station, that are arranged in a general configuration. The push mechanism is followed for transporting a part from a station to a destination station. The kanban technique is adopted for controlling the WIP in a work station. The production system is modeled by a closed queuing network in a general configuration with a Markov part sending mechanism and a machine no blocking (MNB) technique. An optimal part sending policy that maximizes the expected system throughput is formulated into a long run average semi-Markov decision process. Three solution approaches are developed for obtaining optimal or suboptimal solutions. Numerical examples are given to evaluate the quality of the solutions obtained by the solution approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part A:Systems and Humans.
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Mar
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Blocking
  • Kanban technique
  • Push mechanism
  • Queuing network
  • Semi-Markov decision process
  • Throughput

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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