Set-up saving schemes for printed circuit boards assembly

Oded Z. Maimon, Ezey M. Dar-El, Tali F. Carmon*

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Focusing on a basic printed circuit board (PCB) assembly line configuration characterized by very long set-up times, we examine two scheduling methods that can significantly reduce the set-up. Both methods - the Grouped Set-Up (GSU) method that has been recently introduced in the literature and the Sequence Dependent Scheduling (SDS) method, which has not been studied in this context - are based on component commonality among PCB types. Using the typical traditional scheduling method as a benchmark, the GSU and the SDS methods are compared in terms of three performance measures: line throughput, average work-in-process (WIP) inventory level, and implementation complexity. Guidelines for selecting the most appropriate method for a given production environment are proposed. The analysis is illustrated using real data from a typical production line.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 22 Oct 1993


  • Grouped set-up
  • Printed circuit boards
  • Scheduling
  • Sequence dependent scheduling


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