Simulation-based comparison of pull-push system in motorcycle assembly line

Autoria(s): Umchid, Sutee; Yarlagadda, Prasad K.



To investigate the effects of adopting a pull system in assembly lines in contrast to a push system, simulation software called “ARENA” is used as a tool in order to present numerical results from both systems. Simulation scenarios are created to evaluate the effects of attributes changing in assembly systems, with influential factors including the change of manufacturing system (push system to pull system) and variation of demand. Moreover, pull system manufacturing consists of the addition attribute, which is the number of buffer storage. This paper will provide an analysis based on a previous case study, hence process time and workflow refer to the journal name “Optimising and simulating the assembly line balancing problem in a motorcycle manufacturing company: a case study” [2]. The implementation of the pull system mechanism is to produce a system improvement in terms of the number of Work-In-Process (WIP), total time of products in the system, and the number of finished product inventory, while retaining the same throughput.



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Umchid, Sutee & Yarlagadda, Prasad K. (2013) Simulation-based comparison of pull-push system in motorcycle assembly line. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 241-244, pp. 1507-1513.


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Palavras-Chave #091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles) #091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation #Assembly Line #pull system #push system #buffer storage #line balancing #work-in-process

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