SUNConferences, Computers and Industrial Engineering 42

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Development of a Station Control System for an Engine Assembly Line
Dylan Townsend, Andrew Norman, Igor Gorlach

Last modified: 2012-06-25


Optimisation of engineering systems is a key task in industry.  This paper presents a case study of the optimisation of a production process which was undertaken at General Motors South Africa (GMSA).  One of the engine assembly lines was identified as a strong candidate for improvement, particularly in terms of ergonomics, safety and overall operating procedures.  The developed solution is in the form of a station control system, utilising automation to enhance the production facilities and improve the identified target issues.  The design centres around an intelligent workflow control system, integrating mechanical elements with automation, and subject to industrial safety requirements.  Incorporated within this system is a means to divide the line into designated stations, and a pacing system to alert operators as to cycle time progression.  The primary aspects, details and results of this industry project are presented and discussed.  The project solution achieved the goals of providing manufacturing-related assistance and problem solving for local industry.

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