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, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 273–291 | Cite as

The variance of inter-departure times of the output of an assembly line with finite buffers, converging flow of material, and general service times

  • Michael Manitz
  • Horst Tempelmeier
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Abstract

In this paper, we propose an approximation for the variability of the inter-departure times of finished products in an assembly line with finite buffers, converging flow of material, and general service times. We use the coefficient of variation as the relevant measure of variability. Exact procedures are not available for that case. The quality of the proposed approximation is tested against the results of various simulation experiments.

Keywords

Production Assembly lines Queueing models Variance of the output Inter-departure time 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Supply Chain Management and ProductionUniversity of CologneKölnGermany

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