An integrated model to incorporate ergonomics and resource restrictions into assembly line balancing


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Kara Y., Atasagun Y., Gökçen H. , Hezer S., Demirel N.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING, vol.27, pp.997-1007, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/0951192x.2013.874575
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING
  • Page Numbers: pp.997-1007

Abstract

This study incorporates ergonomics and resource restrictions into assembly line balancing (ALB). For this purpose, an integrated model is proposed. The proposed model is essentially a cost-oriented formulation for ALB under psychological strain, physical strain, worker skills, multiple workers, equipment, working postures and illumination level restrictions. The integrated nature of the proposed model is one of its distinctive features in ALB literature. In addition, the proposed model modifies the existing restrictions by means of real-life facts and introduces two new restrictions arisen from the industry that have not been addressed in the literature. The model minimises the overall cost associated with operating costs of workforce and resources utilised under the ergonomics and resource restrictions. The model is illustrated and validated using some examples.