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|Title: ||Buffer allocation and required availability in a transfer line with unreliable machines|
|Authors: ||Sörensen, K.|
|Issue Date: ||2001|
|Publisher: ||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|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.|
|ISI #: ||000172033400016|
|Type: ||Journal Contribution|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
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