Title: Buffer stock allocation in serial and assembly type of production lines
Authors: Lambrecht, Marc ×
Segaert, A #
Issue Date: 1990
Series Title: International Journal of Operations and Production Management vol:10 issue:2 pages:47-61
Abstract: The literature on buffer stock allocation strategies in serial production lines is reviewed. A number of experiments are conducted to analyze the behavior of work-in-process inventory, given that the objective is to maximize throughput. Both balanced and unbalanced lines are examined. The long-pull, or constant work-in-process inventory, kanban system is introduced and applied to both serial and merging lines. It is demonstrated that the long-pull strategy outperforms other allocation strategies. The key idea is to control the total level of inventory and not the individual buffers. This less constrained policy has a positive impact on throughput. The long-pull concept is equivalent to the drum-buffer-rope approach of the Theory of Constraints of Goldratt and Cox (1986)
ISSN: 0144-3577
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center for Operations Management, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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