Systematic visualisation of assembly performance using throughput curves
Source: International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics, Volume 2, Number 1, April 2011 , pp. 1-19(19)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:The performance in many companies is limited through bottlenecks in manufacturing and assembly processes. For this reason, bottlenecks are often the starting point of improvement initiatives. This paper presents a visual approach for identification and evaluation of bottlenecks to ease the communication of improvement measures on the shop floor. The new developed assembly throughput curve displays the influence of two factors affecting the assembly performance – workload and material availability. The relationship between these two factors is mapped and a throughput curve is determined for an assembly station. In order to verify the findings, an event‐discrete simulation is performed and analysed. Nine generic bottleneck cases have been identified and verified. Each of these generic cases can be extracted and displayed using one particular operating curve, which can be used like pictograms. The simulation supported the developed model.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department Mechanical Engineering and Production, University of Applied Science Hamburg, Berliner Tor 21, 20099, Hamburg, Germany. 2: Department Mechanical Engineering and Production, University of Applied Science Hamburg, Berliner Tor 21, 20099, Hamburg, Germany
Publication date: April 1, 2011