Unequal Variabilities and Buffer Capacities
We are now going to investigate what happens when we have effects coming from variability in the pace at which workers complete their tasks. How can we best deal with this in the context of buffer allocation restraints? The particular design you choose will, of course, depend on the layout of the assembly line, the space available, and to what extent the workstations vary in the average time taken for the various steps in the production process.
Line Designs for Simulation
For the purposes of the simulation, we fixed the mean operation times for each of the stations along the line at a constant value, but the buffer sizes between the stations and the coefficients of variation of the operation times ...