A Study on Optimized Layout Design of FAS Line Through Production Flow Analysis
Published August 22, 2005 by Society of Automotive Engineers of Korea in South Korea
Many mid-sized manufacturing companies in Korean automotive industry have attempted to solve the lack of human power, control the quality of the components, improve the production rate and innovate the manufacturing line. Corresponding to these goals, this study is conceptualized to analyze the production rate of an automotive component manufacturing line using simulation software, construct a Flexible Automation Subassembly (FAS) system and suggest an optimized layout design using FAS line. In this research, the simulation model for manufacturing line was developed and used the realistic data of a medium-sized company in Korea automotive industry. In order to complete this research, a simulation software 'ARENA' was used. The software provided a virtual production model that minimizes the expense and time needed for decision-making in many production tasks. This research analyzed the work distribution strategy and cycle time element for production flow and proposed an optimized layout to resolve line balancing problem which will bring the improved production rate.