This paper presents ANTBAL, an ant colony optimization algorithm for balancing mixed-model assembly lines. The proposed algorithm accounts for zoning constraints and parallel workstations and aims to minimize the number of operators in the assembly line for a given cycle time. In addition to this goal, ANTBAL looks for solutions that smooth the workload among workstations, which is an important aspect to account for in balancing mixed-model assembly lines. Computational experience shows the superior performance of the proposed algorithm.

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  1. Kovalev, Sergey; Delorme, Xavier; Dolgui, Alexandre; Oulamara, Ammar: Minimizing the number of stations and station activation costs for a production line (2017)
  2. Kellegöz, Talip; Toklu, Bilal: An efficient branch and bound algorithm for assembly line balancing problems with parallel multi-manned workstations (2012)
  3. Kovalev, Sergey; Delorme, Xavier; Dolgui, Alexandre: Line configuration to minimize setup costs (2012)
  4. Emde, Simon; Boysen, Nils; Scholl, Armin: Balancing mixed-model assembly lines: a computational evaluation of objectives to smoothen workload (2010)
  5. Özcan, Uğur; çerçioğlu, Hakan; Gökçen, Hadi; Toklu, Bilal: Balancing and sequencing of parallel mixed-model assembly lines (2010)
  6. Scholl, Armin; Fliedner, Malte; Boysen, Nils: Absalom: balancing assembly lines with assignment restrictions (2010)
  7. Moon, Ilkyeong; Logendran, Rasaratnam; Lee, Jeonghun: Integrated assembly line balancing with resource restrictions (2009)
  8. Simaria, A. S.; Zanella De Sá, M.; Vilarinho, P. M.: Meeting demand variation using flexible U-shaped assembly lines (2009)
  9. Capacho, Liliana; Pastor, Rafael: ASALBP: The alternative subgraphs assembly line balancing problem (2008)
  10. Boysen, Nils; Fliedner, Malte; Scholl, Armin: A classification of assembly line balancing problems (2007)
  11. Vilarinho, P. M.; Simaria, A. S.: ANTBAL: an ant colony optimization algorithm for balancing mixed-model assembly lines with parallel workstations (2006)