A novel model for a manufacturing system with joint production lines in terms of prior-set

Yi-Kuei Lin, Ping Chen Chang*

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A novel model integrating transformation and decomposition techniques is proposed to construct a manufacturing system with joint production lines as a multi-state manufacturing network (MMN). Reworking actions and different defect rates of workstations are both taken into account in the MMN model. The capacity analysis and performance evaluation are implemented accordingly. In particular, a technique in terms of prior-set is developed to deal with multiple reworking actions. Subsequently, two simple algorithms are proposed to generate all minimal capacity vectors that workstations should provide to satisfy a given demand. In terms of such vectors, the probability of demand satisfaction can be derived. Such a probability is referred to as the system reliability, which is a performance indicator to state the capability of the MMN. According to each specific minimal capacity vector, the production manager may further determine a better strategy to produce products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-354
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Systems Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 25 Jan 2015


  • different defect rates
  • joint production lines
  • multi-state manufacturing network (MMN)
  • prior-set
  • reworking actions

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