FLEXible bAlancing of complex assembly systems
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.