Modeling and balance point characteristics of bucket brigades assembly line

Yan Hou Liu, Dun Wen Zuo, Dan Zhang

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According to the difference in station constraints, the bucket brigades assembly line (BBAL) is divided into three types, namely BBAL-1, BBAL-2 and BBAL-3, and the corresponding mathematical models are established to comparatively investigate the self-balancing and self-organizing performance of the three types of BBALs. It is found that (1) both BBAL-1 and BBAL-2 possess only one balance point and good convergence from any states to the balance point; (2) the balance point of BBAL-3 is of uncertainty; and (3) BBAL-3 becomes self-balanced at the balance point if the point exists, even though it cannot converge to the balance point from any states. The above-mentioned conclusions are finally proved by numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalHuanan Ligong Daxue Xuebao/Journal of South China University of Technology (Natural Science)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Assembly line
  • Bucket brigade
  • Mathematical model
  • Numerical simulation
  • Self-balancing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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