SUNConferences, 29th Annual Conference of SAIIE

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BALANCING OF PRODUCTION LINE FOR CAR ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM COMPONENTS FOR INVENTORY REDUCTION
Mendon Dewa, Kate Perry Lusiba

Last modified: 2018-10-09

Abstract


Line imbalances result in decreased workstation and worker efficiency. The case study company is an international automotive component supplier striving to reduce waste in the form of waiting time and inventory. This paper presents an analysis of the balance of the plant and provide solutions for reduction for the inventory and waiting time at the furnace. The methods used include Pareto chart for evaluating and prioritising the products and the largest part of the total volume, analysing product mix and allocation to work centers, and generation of balancing chart fractals. Recommendations were then proposed to balance the lines so as to reduce the waiting time of the brazing furnace as well as inventory between the furnace and the assembly lines.


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