InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleProfit Sharing Method and Virtual Factory System to Decide Parts Layout in Parts Storage Racks
Primary AuthorHidehiko Yamamoto, Gifu University (Japan)
Other Author(s) Takayoshi Yamada; Ikurou Fukuta; Yuuki Yamauchi; Masahiro Nakamura
Pages 985 - 999
Article ID sdm14-004
Publication Date 01-May-16

To carry out assembly line production seamlessly, all necessary parts must be prepared at each assembly station beforehand. For this, effective picking-up operation is necessary for efficient assembly line work. This study aims to develop a system for the determining the locations of parts for the picking-up operations to collect parts from the storage racks and deliver them to the assembly lines. The study proposes a new system called Storage Optimization of Assembly Parts (SOAP) to determine the locations of parts locations in the racks. SOAP consists of a module for evaluating operator movements in three dimensions during operations, a module for Profit Sharing method and a module for virtually modeling a factory system. The usefulness of SOAP is ascertained when applied to determine the locations of parts in a real car assembly production line.

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