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Application of Workload Distribution Technique to Improve Line Efficiency in Bakery Oven Manufacturing Unit

Author(s):

Pavan Kumar S J , M S RAMAIAH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY; Dr. S Bharath, M S RAMAIAH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Keywords:

Assembly line, work optimization, line efficiency, balance delay

Abstract

An assembly line is a manufacturing process (most of the time called a progressive assembly) in which parts are added as the semi-finished assembly moves from workstation to workstation where the parts are added in sequence until the final assembly is produced. By mechanically moving the parts to the assembly work and moving the semi-finished assembly from work station to work station, a finished product can be assembled faster and with less labor than by having workers carry parts to a stationary piece for assembly. A study was carried out in ABC Company which manufactures ovens. It was found that machines used there are utilizing more time for producing ovens. This production time will be reduced by using industrial engineering technique called work optimization in the assembly line which helps to solve the real life problem, the task time data and waiting time data was collected for all the nine stages of the assembly and further the results were obtained. The line efficiency after grouping the work station is increased from 43.07% to 79%. And the balance delay reduces from 56.2% to 21%. This makes that work load distribution uniform across the workstations which makes the flow of the assembly line much smooth. After increasing the line efficiency and decreasing the balance delay the productivity has increased and now the ovens are manufactured in a less time compared to earlier time. And real life problem was solved.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV4I50415
Published in: Volume : 4, Issue : 5
Publication Date: 01/08/2016
Page(s): 1432-1434

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