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In this paper, we consider the combined task of determining a favorable machine configuration and line balancing for a single assembly line where a single type of PCB is assembled with a set of interconnected, reconfigurable machine modules. First, we formulate the problem as a non-linear integer programming model with the objective of minimizing the cycle time. Then we transform it into a linear model to obtain the solution. Finally, we illustrate the effectiveness of the model by numerical tests and compare the optimal solution from our model with evolutionary algorithm.
Date of Conference: 8-11 Dec. 2009