Comparative evaluations of buffer allocation strategies in a serial production line

Tung Sun Chan, E. Y H Ng

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The problem of allocating buffer storage to serial production lines so as to maximise steady-state throughput is considered. Some researchers have previously developed rules of thumb for the optimum allocation of a given total amount of buffer space to maximise the throughput of a production line. In this paper, a modified buffer allocation strategy based on the Lin & Lin's rule, is suggested, and it is compared with three other existing strategies. Some recommendations are made on how to select a buffer allocation strategy. In addition, a buffer utilisation-based search method, which is a methodology to increase the throughput of a production line, is suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-800
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Buffer allocation strategies
  • Serial production line
  • Simulation
  • Throughput

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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