Absenteeism and turnover as motivation factors for segmenting assembly lines

Francesco Pilati, Maurizio Faccio, Yuval Cohen

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


Many assembly lines for complex products are divided into segments (zones and sections), each with its own manager. While zones are usually large and derived from the nature of the process, the segmentation into smaller sections is less obvious. This paper explores the relationship between the effects of absenteeism and turnover (requiring a slowdown because of the substitute workers' learning period) and the segments length. The paper analyses and discusses the effect of dissecting the assembly line into sections in curbing the slowdowns due to absenteeism and turnover in large assembly lines. Quantitative model is developed to represent this factor, and bounds are found for the sections length. An important implication of dividing several hundred stations into small sections is that each section can be efficiently designed and balanced independently, making the optimization complexity irrelevant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-616
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Event17th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing INCOM 2021 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 7 Jun 20219 Jun 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0)


  • Absenteeism
  • Assembly line
  • Learning
  • Throughput
  • Turnover


Dive into the research topics of 'Absenteeism and turnover as motivation factors for segmenting assembly lines'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this