Ingeniare. Revista chilena de ingeniería
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PALOMINOS BELMAR, Pedro y GODOY VILLALOBOS, Verónica. HEURISTIC FOR THE TSS ASSEMBLY LINE BALANCING PROBLEM. Ingeniare. Rev. chil. ing. [online]. 2010, vol.18, n.3, pp. 364-372. ISSN 0718-3305. doi: 10.4067/S0718-33052010000300010.
The purpose of this paper is to present a heuristic for the assembly line balancing problem in U-shaped cells, particularly for the manufacturing system called Toyota Sewing System (TSS), which represents a new production line organization concept. Although this type of system has been approached in the literature under the name of self-balanced production system, where the balance is achieved using two basic rules, we believe that these rules are not sufficient to achieve self-balance, so we have incorporated the concept of linkage zones that facilitate balancing the line. From the results obtained by simulation we conclude that the heuristic is efficient for this kind of production system.
Palabras clave : Heuristics; self -balancing; celular manufacturing; Toyota Sewing System; U-line balancing.