Journal article

Model and heuristics for the Assembly Line Worker Integration and Balancing Problem\

Mayron Cesar O Moreira, Cristobal Miralles, Alysson M Costa

Computers & Operations Research | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

We propose the Assembly Line Worker Integration and Balancing Problem (ALWIBP), a new assembly line balancing problem arising in lines with conventional and disabled workers. The goal of this problem is to maintain high productivity levels by minimizing the number of workstations needed to reach a given output, while integrating in the assembly line a number of disabled workers. Being able to efficiently manage a heterogeneous workforce is especially important in the current social context where companies are urged to integrate workers with different profiles. In this paper we present mathematical models and heuristic methodologies that can help assembly line managers to cope with this addit..

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Awarded by MEC-Spain


Awarded by project "CORSARI MAGIC DPI" of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion del Gobierno de Espana


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by CAPES-Brazil and MEC-Spain (coordinated project CAPES DGU 258-12/PHB2011-0012-PC) and by FAPESP-Brazil. We also thank the project "CORSARI MAGIC DPI 2010-18243" of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion del Gobierno de Espana within the Program "Proyectos de Investigacion Fundamental No Orientada". The authors also thank two anonymous reviewers and the editor for their useful comments.