Reliability of a production system with intersectional lines

Yi-Kuei Lin*, Ping Chen Chang

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This article addresses reliability evaluation for a production system with intersectional lines and multiple reworking actions, where the reliability is the probability of demand satisfaction. First, the production system is constructed as a capacitated-flow production network by the revised graphical transformation and decomposition techniques. Capacity analysis is implemented to determine the input flow of each workstation subsequently. Second, two algorithms, including a general algorithm, are proposed to generate all minimal capacity vectors that workstations should provide to satisfy demand. The reliability is derived in terms of such vectors accordingly. A real-world case of printed circuit board production system is utilized to demonstrate the performance evaluation procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1382-1392
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2013


  • Demand satisfaction
  • Intersectional lines
  • Printed circuit board production system
  • Reliability

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