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Two-stage paced transfer line with buffer: Geometric failures and repairs
A two-stage transfer line with a deterministic cycle time and a finite buffer is considered. Both stations have geometric distributed, operation-dependent failures and repairs. This two-stage transfer line is the building block of the decomposition of longer lines as proposed by Gershwin. The system is described with a discrete Markov chain.
Two versions are available: In the complete version the transition probabilities are computed exactly (e.g. (1-a)(1-b)). In the simplified version the probabilities are computed based on the assumption that the product a·b may be neglected resulting in (1-a)(1-b) => (1-a-b). For more information, see table 3.1 in Askin/Standridge (1993).
The transition matrix is constructed and the stationary state probabilities are computed with the help of a general algorithm for the solution of systems of linear equations. Note that for this two-stage transfer line explicit closed-fom solutions are also available.
(1993), Chapter 5.3.1
- Buzacott/Shanthikumar (1993), chapter 6.6
- Askin/Standridge (1993), chapter 3.3.1