A modified particle swarm optimisation algorithm to solve the part feeding problem at assembly lines

Masood Fathi, Victoria Rodríguez, Dalila B.M.M. Fontes, Maria Jesus Alvarez
2015 International Journal of Production Research  
The Assembly Line Part-Supplying Problem concerns the delivery of parts to the workstations in a mixedmodel assembly line. Here, we consider the problem of delivering the parts from a decentralized logistics area, through round trips. In order to provide the workstations with the needed parts, one has to decide which parts and respective amounts to load on each tour, while minimizing both the number of tours and the part inventories at the workstations. Limits are imposed on tour capacity and
more » ... tour capacity and on storage capacity at the workstations. We propose a Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm to address this problem with a tour time additional constraint. The results obtained have shown the method to be efficient and effective.
doi:10.1080/00207543.2015.1090032 fatcat:v4m3rvo5i5h2pbek7ffzmxtdba