Models of production lines with flexible workstations

Jose A. Ventura, Karim Tofang-Sazi

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This article presents models of production line systems with two flexible workstations. Flexible stations have the capability of switching from one operation to another when they become either blocked or starved. The objective is to determine and compare the production rates of serial and parallel arrangements of the workstations. It is shown that, in general, the serial arrangement achieves higher efficiency. Under some specific assumptions, however, both arrangements have the same production rate. An extension of the analysis of two stations to n stations for the parallel case is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-236
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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