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Performance Analysis of Multi-Product Bernoulli Lines with Dedicated Finite Buffers



Shaw C. Feng, Kyungsu Park, Jingshan Li


This paper is devoted to studying the performance of multi-product two-machine lines with Bernoulli reliability machines and dedicated finite buffers under priority, cyclic and work-in-process (WIP)-based scheduling policies. For small scale systems, exact solutions are derived using Markov chain models. For larger ones, a flexible line is decomposed into multiple interacting dedicated serial lines, and iteration procedures are introduced to approximate system production rate. Through extensive numerical experiments, it is shown that the approximation methods result in acceptable accuracy in throughput estimation. In addition, system-theoretic properties such as asymptotic behavior, reversibility, and monotonicity, as well as impact of buffer capacities and policy comparisons, are discussed.
International Journal of Production Research


Bernoulli machine, multiple products, production rate, scheduling policy, dedicated buffer, decomposition and iteration method, key performance indicator (KPI).


Feng, S. , Park, K. and Li, J. (2017), Performance Analysis of Multi-Product Bernoulli Lines with Dedicated Finite Buffers, International Journal of Production Research (Accessed May 25, 2024)


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Created September 29, 2017, Updated July 9, 2023