A geometrical model for managing surface productivity of U-shaped assembly lines

Francisco Gil Vilda, José A. Yagüe-Fabra (Corresponding Author), Albert Sune Torrents, Juan M. Jauregui-Becker, Wessel W. Wits

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Abstract

U-shaped assembly lines (U-SALs) are cellular manufacturing systems that, among other things, provide a remarkable feature for industrial cost efficiency: their effectiveness in space utilization. While the challenge of machine placement for labour productivity optimization is widely studied in the literature, surface productivity optimization has been scarcely explored. This paper proposes an industry-validated geometrical model for optimizing U-SAL surface productivity. The model links the drivers for market, product and process with the geometrical design. Managers and lean practitioners can use this approach to make decisions for layout design. The model is particularly useful in cases where the cost of floor space is substantially high.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-482
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP annals : manufacturing technology
Volume67
Issue number1
Early online date22 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Assembly
  • Productivity
  • U-shaped line

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Gil Vilda, F., Yagüe-Fabra, J. A., Sune Torrents, A., Jauregui-Becker, J. M., & Wits, W. W. (2018). A geometrical model for managing surface productivity of U-shaped assembly lines. CIRP annals : manufacturing technology, 67(1), 479-482. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2018.04.047
Gil Vilda, Francisco ; Yagüe-Fabra, José A. ; Sune Torrents, Albert ; Jauregui-Becker, Juan M. ; Wits, Wessel W. / A geometrical model for managing surface productivity of U-shaped assembly lines. In: CIRP annals : manufacturing technology. 2018 ; Vol. 67, No. 1. pp. 479-482.
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A geometrical model for managing surface productivity of U-shaped assembly lines. / Gil Vilda, Francisco; Yagüe-Fabra, José A. (Corresponding Author); Sune Torrents, Albert; Jauregui-Becker, Juan M.; Wits, Wessel W.

In: CIRP annals : manufacturing technology, Vol. 67, No. 1, 2018, p. 479-482.

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