A linear physical programming model for assembly line balancing problem
Assembly line balancing is the term commonly used to refer to the decision process of assigning tasks to workstations with respect to precedence relationships diagram, cycle time and various performance criteria. Assembly operations and highest productivity is just achieved in an assembly line compared to assembly station and assembly cell. In other words, the assembly line has to be balanced so as to conduct assembly operations effectively. Metaheuristics, heuristics and mathematical programming techniques are developed so as to solve several types of assembly line balancing problems (ALBP). However, linear physical programming method has never used in ALBP. In this study, a linear physical programming (LPP) model for ALBP is suggested for fulfilling this gap. Proposed methodology is also applied to a numerical example so as to analyze usage of the methodology. Finally, the proposed LPP-based methodology is used for balancing a mixed model ALBP and outperformance of the methodology is demonstrated by comparing to different approach.