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Work Improvement At A Car Manufacturing Company

Mat Saman, Muhamad Zameri and Law, Cheak Ying (2002) Work Improvement At A Car Manufacturing Company. Jurnal Teknologi A (36A). pp. 55-69. ISSN 0127-9696



Productivity has been identified as an important role in any organization, especially formanufacturing sectors to gain more profit that leads to prosperity [1]. This paper reports a work improvement project in a car manufacturing company. It involves problem identification at the metal finish line and proposing recommendation to improve the efficiency of the current situation. Based on the observations and the collected data, online work-in-progress (WIP) has been identified as a major problem and this is caused by insufficient movements due to material handlings and unbalanced workload. Method improvement technique is used to determine the best method of carrying out a task in order to eliminate the unnecessary movements. Then, line-balancing technique is used to minimize the idle time at every station or the percentage of line balance loss (LBL). In order to verify the results that were obtained from the generated line-balancing alternatives, Witness simulation package is used to estimate the output. One effective alternative is chosen based on the results obtained from the simulation and cost justification. Then, a proper planning is suggested to maximize the resource utilization at the metal finish line. Simulation results showed that productivity increases about three times higher than the current situation. However, the results were obtained based on several assumptions that was made in the analysis.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:On-line Work-In-Progress (WIP), Off-line Work-In-Progress (WIP), method improvement,line balancing, simulation, cost justification, resource planning and allocation
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions:Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:1303
Deposited By: En Mohd. Nazir Md. Basri
Deposited On:01 Mar 2007 08:21
Last Modified:27 Sep 2010 03:47

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