A growing number of manufacturers are adopting the so-called supermarket strategy to supply components to the production system. Supermarkets are decentralized storage areas used as intermediate warehouses for parts required by the production system (typically assembly lines). Such a feeding system is widely used in the automotive industry where assembly stations in multiple mixed-model assembly lines are usually refilled by means of a systematic part replenishment driven by Kanban systems, adopting small trucking vehicles towing some wagons (tow trains). The aim of this paper is to provide a simple but robust framework in order to design the supermarket/feeding system dedicated to complex multiple mixed-model assembly lines. This framework proposes an integrated approach both for long-term (static analytical model) and short-term (dynamic simulation) problems dealing with Kanban and Supermarket systems dedicated to assembly lines, and the tow train fleet sizing and management. This proposed methodology is applied to a case study derived from the Italian automotive industry, and the results highlight the high interrelation between the long and the short term variables that can be evaluated only by an integrated approach that considers both static and dynamic aspects of the problem. The results of this study are then presented and widely discussed.

Design and simulation of assembly line feeding systems in the automotive sector using supermarket, kanbans and tow trains: a general framework

FACCIO, MAURIZIO;GAMBERI, MAURO;PERSONA, ALESSANDRO;SGARBOSSA, FABIO
2013

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A growing number of manufacturers are adopting the so-called supermarket strategy to supply components to the production system. Supermarkets are decentralized storage areas used as intermediate warehouses for parts required by the production system (typically assembly lines). Such a feeding system is widely used in the automotive industry where assembly stations in multiple mixed-model assembly lines are usually refilled by means of a systematic part replenishment driven by Kanban systems, adopting small trucking vehicles towing some wagons (tow trains). The aim of this paper is to provide a simple but robust framework in order to design the supermarket/feeding system dedicated to complex multiple mixed-model assembly lines. This framework proposes an integrated approach both for long-term (static analytical model) and short-term (dynamic simulation) problems dealing with Kanban and Supermarket systems dedicated to assembly lines, and the tow train fleet sizing and management. This proposed methodology is applied to a case study derived from the Italian automotive industry, and the results highlight the high interrelation between the long and the short term variables that can be evaluated only by an integrated approach that considers both static and dynamic aspects of the problem. The results of this study are then presented and widely discussed.
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