Simulation study of a vehicle production line for productivity improvement

M. F F Ab Rashid, N. M Z Nik Mohamed, A. N. Mohd Rose, K. Y. Kor

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1283-1292
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Discrete event simulation
  • Productivity improvement
  • Simulation
  • Vehicle manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Simulation study of a vehicle production line for productivity improvement. / Ab Rashid, M. F F; Nik Mohamed, N. M Z; Mohd Rose, A. N.; Kor, K. Y.

In: Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences, Vol. 8, 01.06.2015, p. 1283-1292.

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Ab Rashid, M. F F ; Nik Mohamed, N. M Z ; Mohd Rose, A. N. ; Kor, K. Y. / Simulation study of a vehicle production line for productivity improvement. In: Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences. 2015 ; Vol. 8. pp. 1283-1292.
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