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Measuring manufacturing throughput using takt time analysis and simulation

Measuring manufacturing throughput using takt time analysis and simulation,10.1145/1351542.1351835,Jun Duanmu,Kevin Taaffe

Measuring manufacturing throughput using takt time analysis and simulation   (Citations: 3)
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This paper is motivated by a case study performed at a company that manufactures two main types of customized products. In an effort to significantly increase their throughput capability, the company created a new produc- tion scheme based on takt time calculations. To achieve a smooth flow of production, they desired low Work In Process (WIP) inventory in order to make all components move simultaneously. However, the order of operations in key shared resources implies that a simple takt time calcu- lation cannot provide enough information in determining achievable throughput. The process includes several paral- lel assembly lines that "converge" to common resources. In certain cases, these components are joined into one unit; in other cases the components split again for further customi- zation. We attempt to improve throughput using a combi- nation of takt time and simulation by understanding how each stage of the system interacts with other stages.
Conference: Winter Simulation Conference - WSC , pp. 1633-1640, 2007
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