Manufacturing cell performance improvement: a simulation study

Selen, Willem J., and Ashayeri, Jalal (2001) Manufacturing cell performance improvement: a simulation study. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 17 (1-2). pp. 169-176.

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Abstract

This paper reports on the study of the “underbody front”-automated welding cell at Opel Belgium, a major automobile manufacturer of General Motors International Operations. It employs the use of simulation in an experimental design framework to identify potential improvements in average daily output through management of buffer sizes at key buffer locations within the cell. Many practical applications of animated computer simulation stop at the modeling and displaying of the process under study. Simulation as a tool for process reengineering or enhancement can only reach its full potential if incorporated in a comprehensive statistical study, so as to attain statistically significant results. The paper also reports on the reactions of, and issues raised by, management when the experimental design methodology was presented as a tool for process enhancement and productivity improvement.

Item ID: 13406
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0736-5845
Keywords: cellular biology; manufacturing (mechanical engineering); simulation; cellular
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 06:41
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 86 MANUFACTURING > 8614 Machinery and Equipment > 861499 Machinery and Equipment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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