Assessment of Optimal Production Through Assembly Line-Balancing and Product-Mix Flexibility

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    Timely accomplishment of production targets is a challenging task in low volume–high variety environment. Assessment of the manufacturing flexibility of a production system assists in achieving the desired objectives. In this research, the operational flexibility of a production system is investigated which operates under the low-volume high-variety production scenario. Prospective dimensions of the production flexibility are studied to analyze its interface with the integrated functional units. It was analyzed that with a low-volume operational flexibility (OF) varies rationally despite high job varieties. Line-balancing and queuing techniques are applied to ascertain the optimum productivity. A sensitivity analysis is also performed to evaluate the critical parameters that affect the OF and productivity level. OF index of the production system was estimated by means of the optimized production parameters. A comparative analysis is performed to evaluate the flexibility in conventional and flexible production cells. Analytical and computational results show a close approximation and validate the implemented schemes.


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    Operational flexibility, Productivity, Production simulation, Line balancing

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Article ID: 21775
DOI: 10.14419/ijet.v7i4.16.21775

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