Evaluation of the potential benefits of lot streaming in flow-shop systems

Adar A. Kalir, Subhash C. Sarin

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Lot streaming is the process of splitting a production lot into sublots, and then scheduling the sublots in overlapping fashion on the machines, in order to improve the overall performance of the production system. Simulation-based and industry-based reports have confirmed that substantial benefits are possible via lot streaming. In this paper, we present, for the first time, analytical results pertaining to the potential benefits of lot streaming in flow-shop systems. The results are developed using three common performance measures. These measures are (a) makespan (i.e., the total completion time of all the lots), (b) mean flow time, and

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-142
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 30 Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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