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Application of an evolutionary fuzzy system for the estimation of workforce deployment and cross-training in an assembly environment

Tiwari, MK and Roy, Debjit (2002) Application of an evolutionary fuzzy system for the estimation of workforce deployment and cross-training in an assembly environment. In: International Journal of Production Research, 40 (18). pp. 4651-4674.

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Abstract

Owing to the increased customer demands for make-to-order products and smaller product life-cycles, today assembly lines are designed to ensure a quick switch-over from one product model to another for companies' survival in market place. The complexity associated with the decisions pertaining to the type of training and number of workers and their exposition to the different tasks especially in the current era of customized production is a serious problem that the managers and the HRD gurus are facing in industry. This paper aims to determine the amount of cross-training and dynamic deployment policy caused by workforce flexibility for a make-to-order assembly. The aforementioned issues have been dealt with by adopting the concept of evolutionary fuzzy system because of the linguistic nature of the attributes associated with product variety and task complexity. A fuzzy system-based methodology is proposed to determine the amount of cross-training and dynamic deployment policy. The proposed methodology is tested on 10 sample products of varying complexities and the results obtained are in line with the conclusions drawn by previous researchers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Taylor and Francis Group.
Department/Centre: Others
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 05:31
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2011 05:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/38993

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