Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2013 Vol.13, No.2

 

 

Title: Analysis of a new signal for bottleneck identification and loss allocation to individual machines

 

Authors: Sankar Sengupta; Tommy White; Kanchan Das; Robert P. Van Til

 

Addresses:
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Oakland University, 654 Science and Engineering Bldg., Rochester, MI 48309, USA
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Oakland University, 654 Science and Engineering Bldg., Rochester, MI 48309, USA
Department of Technology Systems, Slay Hall 245, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Oakland University, 652 Science and Engineering Bldg., Rochester, MI 48309, USA

 

Abstract: This paper presents a new signal for analysis to identify and rank the bottlenecks in a manufacturing system. The proposed method analyses interdeparture time from different machines to identify and rank the bottlenecks. A simple descriptive measure with good correlation to bottleneck is presented. This research also presents a new method to allocate loss of production to different machines based on the analysis of inter-departure time. In addition, a set of rules that may be used to improve data integrity is presented. The proposed method may be used to analyse both steady-state as well as nonsteady-state system behaviour. The proposed method is applicable to high-volume and low-variety manufacturing systems. Future research issues are discussed.

 

Keywords: bottleneck identification; bottleneck ranking; loss allocation; manufacturing systems; bottlenecks; production loss; data integrity.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2013.051791

 

Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2013 Vol.13, No.2, pp.175 - 196

 

Available online: 31 Jan 2013

 

 

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