Process-independent workstation layout for lean automation

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

    研究成果: Article


    Owing to increasing labor costs, manufacturing companies have placed importance on the implementation of inexpensive automation systems, especially in developing countries. In response to such requirements, we have proposed a lean automation system, wherein the waiting time of the material handling equipment is reduced. This is achieved by grouping the operations and allocating equipment to each operation group. With this design method, the workstations are not necessarily arranged in the order of the process sequence. In this study, we propose a method for optimizing the workstation layout to reduce the equipment transfer distance and to decrease the cost of equipment for each product. To verify the effectiveness of the proposed lean automation system, the method developed herein is applied to an electric engine control unit assembly line.

    ジャーナルCIRP Annals
    出版物ステータスAccepted/In press - 2018 1 1


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


    Shigematsu, K., Yamazaki, Y., Kato, S., Kojima, F., & Takata, S. (受理済み/印刷中). Process-independent workstation layout for lean automation. CIRP Annals.