Impact of ramp-up on the optimal capacity-related reconfiguration policy

A. Matta, M. Tomasella, A. Valente

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This paper presents an optimal solution, based on Markov decision theory, for the problem of optimal capacity-related reconfiguration of manufacturing systems, under stochastic market demand. Both capacity expansion and reduction are considered. The solution quantitatively takes into account the effect of the ramp-up phenomenon, following each reconfiguration, on the optimal policy. A closed-form solution is presented for when product demand is independently and generally distributed over time. A real case concerning a flexible manufacturing line in the automotive sector is shown, to prove that ignoring the ramp-up effect in the decision process can lead to significant increases in overall costs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-194
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008


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