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Simulation Study of a Vehicle Production Line for Productivity Improvement

M. F. F., Ab Rashid and N. M. Zuki, N. M. and A. N., Mohd Rose (2015) Simulation Study of a Vehicle Production Line for Productivity Improvement. Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences (JMES) , 8. pp. 1283-1292. ISSN 2289-4659 (print); 2231-8380 (online)

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This paper presents the study of a motorcycle frame production line in a particular company in Malaysia. Due to the high demand, the company needs to increase its production by at least 12% compared with current output. In order to improve productivity, the production-floor data was collected and simulated using the discrete event simulation approach. Later, a number of suggestions for improvement were simulated to identify the effect of the suggestions on productivity. In addition, cost analysis was also undertaken to identify the profit margin for a particular period of time for each suggestion. Simulation results indicate that there are three suggestions that are able to fulfill the 12% volume increment. In the short term, the suggestion to hire an assistant line leader will give instant effect to the profit. Meanwhile, for the medium term, Poka-yoke will give higher profit compared with the others, while in the long term, SOP (standard operating procedure) implementation will yield a better profit margin. In future, the simulation of a dynamic demand model for this product is suggested to cope with new trends in the market.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vehicle manufacturing; Productivity improvement; Simulation; Discrete event simulation
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Mohd Fadzil Faisae Ab. Rashid
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 05:03
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 06:52
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