Title: Optimisation and simulation of an e-bike manufacturing system: the case of a small assembly factory

Authors: PedroGonzález Hernández; Aida Huerta Barrientos; Idalia Flores De La Mota

Addresses: Systems Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, UNAM, Mexico ' Systems Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, UNAM, Mexico ' Systems Engineering Department, Engineering Faculty, UNAM, Mexico

Abstract: The production possibilities of electric bicycles range from simple assemblies to in-plant production of main components such as the engine or frame. In Mexico, small companies were the first to produce e-bikes; however, this sector faces the lack of theoretical tools for the design and implementation of their manufacturing systems. The purpose of this study was to develop a simulation model of an e-bike manufacturing system that maximises the system productivity. The model was developed using the DES methodology proposed by Jerry Banks and was implemented in Anylogic software. The design and analysis of experiments was performed using Minitab® software. The simulation time was defined according to the user, so the working time was 160 hours per month, producing a daily unit. The results indicated that the maximum system productivity was 300 units per year. The best times achieved were: 2.35 units per hour, for the material flow, for welding 1 h, for the turning process 0.58 h and finally for the electrical assembly 0.66 h.

Keywords: electric bicycles; sustainable transportation; optimisation via simulation; manufacturing throughput; discrete event-simulation; Anylogic; decision-making; OpQuest.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCOM.2018.091618

International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing, 2018 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.151 - 170

Available online: 30 Apr 2018 *

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