Improvability of assembly systems II: Improvability indicators and case study

Based on the performance analysis technique developed in Part I, this paper presents improvability indicators for assembly lines with unreliable machines. In particular, it shows that assembly lines are unimprovable with respect to workforce re-distribution if each buffer is, on the average, close to being half full. These lines are unimprovable with respect to buffer capacity re-distribution if each machine is starved and blocked with almost equal frequency. In addition, the paper provides indicators for identification of bottleneck machines and bottleneck buffers. Finally, the paper reports on an application of these improvability indicators in a case study at an automotive components plant.
Publisher
GORDON BREACH SCI PUBL LTD
Issue Date
2000
Language
ENG
Keywords

SERIAL PRODUCTION LINES

Citation

MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS IN ENGINEERING, v.6, no.4, pp.359 - 393

ISSN
1024-123X
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/73605
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NE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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