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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2006, Article ID 81950, 30 pages

Bernoulli serial production lines with quality control devices: Theory and application

Department of Information and Telecommunication Engineering, Ming Chuan University, 5 Deh-Ming Road, Gwei-Shan, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan

Received 8 July 2005; Revised 11 October 2005; Accepted 10 November 2005

Copyright © 2006 Shu-Yin Chiang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper develops the procedure for the analysis of the production systems with quality control devices. The evaluation of the production system requires an expression for the system performance measures as functions of the machine and buffer parameters. This paper presents a method for evaluating these functions and illustrates their practical utility using a case study at a production plant.