Statics and dynamics of re-entrant production lines

Michael Hassoun, Semyon M. Meerkov, Chao Bo Yan

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A model of a re-entrant line, consisting of the bottleneck workcenter and time delays representing other workcenters, is considered. Its mathematical description is provided and performance metrics are introduced. The steady states of this model and their stability properties are investigated under two dispatch policies - First Buffer First Served (FBFS) and Last Buffer First Served (LBFS) - and under constant release rate. The transients due to machine downtime are also analyzed. It is shown that, although LBFS may be viewed as having superior steady state characteristics, it induces longer and more volatile transients than FBFS and, in some cases, periodic and chaotic regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th IFAC World Congress
PublisherIFAC Secretariat
Number of pages8
Edition1 PART 1
ISBN (Print)9783902661937
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Number1 PART 1
ISSN (Print)1474-6670


  • Chaotic behavior
  • Nonlinear models
  • Re-entrant production lines
  • Stability analysis
  • Throughput variabilit
  • Transient responses


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