We demonstrate whole-lot scrapping here only, so that we may compare with analytic results for M/M/1 queues in series. Suppose we have three workstations in series, with some scrap occurring after steps one and two. If the interarrival times to the first workstation are exponentially distributed, and all process times are exponentially distributed, then we can analyze the limiting expected time in queue separately for each queue, as before. The only modification is that the arrival rate to each queue changes, as some lots are removed due to scrapping.
Let the arrival rate to workstation one be λ1 = 1.0 lots per hour. If approximately one out of every ten lots is scrapped during processing at workstation one, then the arrival rate to workstation two is λ2 = λ1 * 0.9 = 0.9 lots per hour. If approximately one out of every five lots is scrapped during processing at workstation two, then the arrival rate to workstation three is λ3 = λ2 * 0.8 = 0.72 lots per hour. Suppose that the three processing rates are μ1 = 2.5, μ2 = 2.0, and μ3 = 2.5 lots per hour, and that each workstation consists of a single machine. Then, the total limiting expected system cycle time should be
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