Title: Queuing network modelling techniques for response time enhancement in electronics assembly

Authors: Doriana D'Addona, Roberto Teti

Addresses: Department of Materials and Production Technology, University of Naples Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio 80, 80125 Naples, Italy. ' Department of Materials and Production Technology, University of Naples Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio 80, 80125 Naples, Italy

Abstract: The concept of quick response manufacturing points up that industrial manufacturing companies pressed to compete on speed by emerging competitor must change the management mind-set and reduce lead times throughout the organisation. As a factory|s work-in-process, lead times and capacity are the result of complex dynamics in the production system, to predict whether a decision will improve lead times, it is necessary to be able to forecast both process and queue times. In this paper, a novel approach based on analytical techniques for queuing network modelling, called rapid modelling technology (RMT), is implemented via the MPX© software package for complex shop floor operations modelling. The main scopes of the MPX© utilisation are to evaluate the human and economic resources of a printed circuit board (PCB) producer company and to find solutions for the optimisation of the PCB manufacturing system performances.

Keywords: computer aided engineering; quick response manufacturing; lead time reduction; queuing network modelling; rapid modelling technology; electronics assembly; human resources; economic resources; printed circuit boards; PCB assembly; optimisation; PCB manufacturing systems; manufacturing system performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAET.2011.040055

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, 2011 Vol.3 No.3/4, pp.399 - 414

Published online: 13 May 2011 *

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