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Cost Minimization for Unstable Concurrent Products in Multi-stage Production Line Using Queueing Analysis

Chanintorn Jittawiriyanukoon and Vilasinee Srisarkun

International Journal of Economics & Business Administration (IJEBA), 2020, vol. VIII, issue 1, 230-238

Abstract: Purpose: The paper copes with the queueing theory for evaluating a muti-stage production line process with concurrent goods. The intention of this article is to evaluate the efficiency of products assembly in the production line. Design/Methodology/Approach: To elevate the efficiency of the assembly line it is required to control the performance of individual stations. The arrival process of concurrent products is piled up before flowing to each station. All experiments are based on queueing network analysis. Findings: The performance analysis for unstable concurrent sub-items in the production line is discussed. The proposed analysis is based on the improvement of the total sub-production time by lessening the queue time in each station. Practical implications: The collected data are number of workers, incoming and outgoing sub-products, throughput rate, and individual station processing time. The front loading place unpacks product items into concurrent sub-items by an operator and automatically sorts them by RFID tag or bar code identifiers. Experiments of the work based on simulation are compared and validated with results from real approximation. Originality/Value: It is an alternative improvement to increase the efficiency of the operation in each station with minimum costs.

Keywords: Concurrent items; mathematical models; performance evaluation; production line; queueing theory; RFID; ROI. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G39 K22 L22 M10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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