FLEXible bAlancing of complex assembly systems

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Coordinator Swerea IVF AB - Swerea IVF Stockholm
Funding from Vinnova SEK 500 000
Project duration October 2012 - December 2013
Status Completed
Venture FFI - Sustainable production
Call 2012-02182-en

Purpose and goal

The project aims to investigate whether there is a potential from a productivity perspective to develop new methods for production balancing. The goal is to confirm or refute the hypothesis that a flexible balancing increases productivity

Results and expected effects

The expectations were fully met e.g. simulations show a 9-14% increase in the output of the evaluated production when the dynamic balancing is used. A very interesting ´spin-off effect´ is the static model developed within the project. The model describes how a hypothetical production system output (process variation) may vary depending on the product model / variant that currently exist in the system and in what order they come.

Approach and implementation

The project has worked with two different analytical methods, scenario-based interviews and mini-workshops and balancing studies, performed in a virtual environment. As a supplement, virtual models where used representing the physical environment. It also includes time studies and calculations linked to the products produced. Using this model, time studies can be performed and statistical models can be developed making it possible to study e.g. how production schedules / different customer needs effects balance and process stability.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

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