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Title: Buffer allocation and required availability in a transfer line with unreliable machines
Authors: Sörensen, K.
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: International journal of production economics, 74. p. 163-173
Abstract: In this paper we study a system of n machines in series. Each pair of subsequent machines is separated by a finite buffer. The machines are unreliable and can break down. In such a production system, the allocation of buffer space between successive stages in the system is of capital importance since it has a significant influence on the availability of the system. We examine how the allocation of buffers can be expressed as a non-linear optimisation problem in which the total cost of installing and using the buffers is minimised. Some of the assumptions of this approximation model are also examined.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/6485
DOI: 10.1016/S0925-5273(01)00123-2
ISI #: 000172033400016
ISSN: 0925-5273
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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