Design method of material handling systems for lean automation-Integrating equipment for reducing wasted waiting time

Y. Yamazaki, K. Shigematsu, S. Kato, F. Kojima, H. Onari, Shozo Takata

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    Abstract

    The production systems of today are required to meet changing market conditions. To date, most conventional flexible systems depend on human flexibility. However, the demand for flexible automation systems is increasing owing to rising labor costs and quality requirements, even in emerging countries. To implement automation systems in the unpredictable market, cost reduction is essential to reduce the investment risk. However, there is no systematic design method for reducing the cost of automation systems. In this study, we propose a new design method wherein the waiting time of material handling equipment is reduced by allocating multiple operations to the equipment.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
    DOIs
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017

    Keywords

    • Assembly automation
    • Design methodology
    • Lean production

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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