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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 472781, 7 pages
Research Article

Improving the Performance of Modular Production in the Apparel Assembly: A Mathematical Programming Approach

1Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
2Sun Yat-Sen Business School, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
3Guangdong Hydropower Planning & Design Institute, Guangzhou 510635, China

Received 5 April 2014; Revised 10 June 2014; Accepted 17 June 2014; Published 3 July 2014

Academic Editor: Tsan-Ming Choi

Copyright © 2014 Xiaoqing Wang et al. 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.


We construct the mathematical models to find the optimal allocation of the module’s capacity (module members) to different assembly operations in a module for given garment assembly tasks in a modular production system. The objectives of the models are minimizing the holding cost for work in process (WIP) inventories in the module and the total deviation of the WIP inventories from their corresponding target values in the module during a specific time interval. The solutions of the models can be used as reference to achieve better allocation of the module members to different operations in a module to fulfill the given garment assembly tasks.