Postprint version. Published in CIRP Annals: Tokyo, Japan, Volume 37, Issue 1, January 15, 1988, pages 13-15.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Tali Freed was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The current practice in the assembly of electronic components on printed circuit boards (PCB's) is serial production, a process characterized by very long set-up times.
However. with the advent of efficient on-line process information, new production control methods are now possible. This paper proposes two new production methods - the Grouped Set-up (GSU) method and the Sequence-Dependent Scheduling (SDS) method, which can significantly reduce set-up times.
It is shown that the GSU always performs better than the SDS method in terms of total production flow (throughput). while the SDS performs better than the GSU method in terms of work-in-process (WIP) inventory.
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