A Heuristic Program for Assembly Line Balancing

by F. M. Tonge


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An application of heuristic procedures to solve the assembly-line-balancing problem. Assembly-line balancing is defined as a process of assigning jobs to workers stationed along a continuous assembly line. The author attempts (1) to develop an acceptable, though not necessarily optimum, procedure for assembly-line balancing and (2) to discuss the use of computers for implementing heuristic decision procedures in the industrial management area. It is concluded that the combination of a heuristic approach and methods of computer use considered is advantageous in treating complex industrial management problems.

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