In order to increase flexibility and reduce costs, assembly systems are changing from simple mixed-model assembly lines, to multi-lines systems, where some components are assembled in secondary lines, called feeder lines, connected to the main line by a “pull philosophy”. The production of different models in such a complex multi-lines assembly system, where, the tasks to perform could be very different from model to model, impacts the production with very high workload time variations, with the consequence of lack of productivity. If operators can perform tasks on different stations on both the feeder and the main lines these time variations can generally be absorbed. But if working across the stations’ is not possible (closed stations), the balancing of these workload time variations becomes critical. In such contexts the consolidated approach, that allows to configure mixed-model-multi lines assembly system with a single average model representative of the whole mix, can be very limited and is unable to bring substantial results. This paper aims to introduce an innovative sequencing model for mixed-model-multi-lines system, in case of closed stations, in which is possible to obtain, after a first long term configuration, a short term balancing, using an appropriate sequencing, for a given production mix and characteristics of the assembly system. The proposed procedure is applied to un-paced assembly lines and validated through simulation and industrial applications.

Sequencing Procedure For Balancing The Workloads Variations in case of Mixed Model Assembly System with Multiple Secondary Feeder Lines

AZZI, ANNA;BATTINI, DARIA;FACCIO, MAURIZIO;PERSONA, ALESSANDRO
2012

Abstract

In order to increase flexibility and reduce costs, assembly systems are changing from simple mixed-model assembly lines, to multi-lines systems, where some components are assembled in secondary lines, called feeder lines, connected to the main line by a “pull philosophy”. The production of different models in such a complex multi-lines assembly system, where, the tasks to perform could be very different from model to model, impacts the production with very high workload time variations, with the consequence of lack of productivity. If operators can perform tasks on different stations on both the feeder and the main lines these time variations can generally be absorbed. But if working across the stations’ is not possible (closed stations), the balancing of these workload time variations becomes critical. In such contexts the consolidated approach, that allows to configure mixed-model-multi lines assembly system with a single average model representative of the whole mix, can be very limited and is unable to bring substantial results. This paper aims to introduce an innovative sequencing model for mixed-model-multi-lines system, in case of closed stations, in which is possible to obtain, after a first long term configuration, a short term balancing, using an appropriate sequencing, for a given production mix and characteristics of the assembly system. The proposed procedure is applied to un-paced assembly lines and validated through simulation and industrial applications.
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