A Decomposition Method for Transfer Line Life Cycle Cost Optimisation

  • Alexandre DolguiEmail author
  • Nikolai Guschinsky
  • Genrikh Levin


A new method to search best parameters of a transfer line so that the cost of each manufactured part will be minimised. The synchronised transfer lines with parallel machining are considered. Such lines are widely used in mass and large-scale mechanical production. The objective is to minimise the line life cycle cost per part under the given productivity and technological constraints. The design decisions to be optimised are: number of spindles and workstations. This will be accomplished by defining subsets of tasks which are performed by one spindle head and cutting conditions for each spindle. The paper focuses on a mathematical model of the problem and methods used to solve it. This model is formulated in terms of mixed (discrete and non-linear) programming and graph theory. A special decomposition scheme based on the parametric decomposition technique is proposed. For solving the sub-problems obtained after decomposition, a Branch-and-Bound algorithm as well as a shortest path technique are used.

Key words

machining lines line design and balancing optimization decomposition approach shortest path 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

90C27 90B30 90B80 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Dolgui
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nikolai Guschinsky
    • 2
  • Genrikh Levin
    • 2
  1. 1.Division for Industrial Engineering and Computer ScienceEcole des Mines de Saint EtienneSaint Etienne cedex 2France
  2. 2.Operations Research Laboratory, United Institute of Informatics ProblemsNational Academy of Sciences of BelarusMinskBelarus

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