Lean buffering in serial production lines with Bernoulli machines. (English) Zbl 1200.91158

Summary: Lean buffering is the smallest buffer capacity necessary to ensure the desired production rate of a manufacturing system. In this paper, analytical methods for selecting lean buffering in serial production lines are developed under the assumption that the machines obey the Bernoulli reliability model. Both closed-form expressions and recursive approaches are investigated. The cases of identical and nonidentical machines are analyzed. Results obtained can be useful for production line designers and production managers to maintain the required production rate with the smallest possible inventories.


91B38 Production theory, theory of the firm
91B70 Stochastic models in economics
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