A Model for Complexity Assessment in Manual Assembly Operations Through Predetermined Motion Time Systems

Bugra Alkan*, Daniel Vera, Mussawar Ahmad, Bilal Ahmad, Robert Harrison

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Abstract

Manual assembly processes are favoured for supporting low volume production systems, high product variety, assembly operations that are difficult to automate and manufacturing in low-wage countries. However, manual operations can dramatically impact assembly cycle times, quality and cost when the complexity of the manual operation increases. This paper proposes a method for assessing the process complexity of manual assembly operations, using a representation of manual operations based on predetermined motion time systems. The purpose of this framework is to provide a tool that can be used practically to assess, and therefore control, the complexity of manual operations during their design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages429-434
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems, CATS 2016 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 16 May 201618 May 2016

Conference

Conference6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems, CATS 2016
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period16/05/1618/05/16

Keywords

  • Complexity management
  • Manual assembly
  • MODAPTS
  • Task complexity

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    Alkan, B., Vera, D., Ahmad, M., Ahmad, B., & Harrison, R. (2016). A Model for Complexity Assessment in Manual Assembly Operations Through Predetermined Motion Time Systems. 429-434. Paper presented at 6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems, CATS 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2016.02.111