Evaluation of the changes in working limits in an automobile assembly line using simulation

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dc.contributor.author Ferreira, Luís
dc.contributor.author Ares Gómez, E.
dc.contributor.author Peláez Lourido, G.
dc.contributor.author Resano Lázaro, A.
dc.contributor.author Luis Pérez, C. J.
dc.contributor.author Tjahjono, Benny
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-22T14:49:49Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-22T14:49:49Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-30
dc.identifier.citation L. P. Ferreira, E. Ares, G. Peláez, et al., Evaluation of the changes in working limits in an automobile assembly line using simulation; 4th Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference, MESIC 2011; Cadiz; Spain; 21 - 23 September 2011 en_UK
dc.identifier.uri 10.1063/1.4707616
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/9621
dc.description.abstract The aim of the work presented in this paper consists of the development of a decision-making support system, based on discrete-event simulation models, of an automobile assembly line which was implemented within an Arena simulation environment and focused at a very specific class of production lines with a four closed-loop network configuration. This layout system reflects one of the most common configurations of automobile assembly and preassembly lines formed by conveyors. The sum of the number of pallets on the intermediate buffers, remains constant, except for the fourth closed-loop, which depends on the four-door car ratio (x) implemented between the door disassembly and assembly stations of the car body. Some governing equations of the four closed-loops are not compatible with the capacities of several intermediate buffers for certain values of variable x. This incompatibility shows how the assembly line cannot operate in practice for x< 0,37 and for x>0,97 in a stationary regime, due to the starvation phenomenon or the failure of supply to the machines on the production line. We have evaluated the impact of the pallet numbers circulating on the first closed-loop on the performance of the production line, translated into the number of cars produced/hour, in order to improve the availability of the entire manufacturing system for any value of x. Until the present date, these facts have not been presented in specialized literature. © 2012 American Institute of Physics. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher American Institute of Physics en_UK
dc.rights Copyright (2012) AIP Publishing. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and AIP Publishing. The following article appeared in AIP Conference Proceedings 1431, p.617 (2012)21-23 September 2011, Cadiz, Spain and may be found at http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/proceeding/aipcp/10.1063/1.4707616 en_UK
dc.title Evaluation of the changes in working limits in an automobile assembly line using simulation en_UK
dc.type Conference paper en_UK


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