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Basic complexity criteria and their impact on manual assembly quality in actual production

Ann-Christine Falck (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktutveckling ; Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling) ; Mikael Rosenqvist (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktutveckling) ; Roland Örtengren (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling) ; Rikard Söderberg (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktutveckling)
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics (0169-8141). 58 (2017) 1-12, p. 1-12. (2017)
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Increasing design and assembly complexity are challenges facing the automotive industry today because increasing number of car variants and build options can result in immense difficulties and lead to costly assembly errors and quality losses. In order to remain on the market these conditions must nevertheless be managed by companies in hard competition with other manufacturers. The objective of this study was to analyze the impact of newly developed basic complexity criteria (CXB) on assembly quality and associated costs for corrective measures in manual assembly of cars. Data on error rate and action costs of assembly tasks of different complexity level was collected and analyzed. The inter-relationship between different complexity criteria was analyzed to see whether any criteria had a greater impact than others. The results showed that the action costs/car increased with increasing complexity level and that several complexity criteria together resulted in increased action costs. Some criteria tended to have a greater impact than others but need more research. The results further suggest that if high complexity issues are identified and replaced by low complexity solutions the assembly related action costs in manual assembly are likely to decrease. Relevance to Industry: By reduction of basic assembly complexity already in early planning stages in product development significant reduction of costly assembly related action costs in manual assembly can probably be made.

Nyckelord: Manual assembly; Basic assembly complexity (CXB); Complexity criteria; Errors; Action costs



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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktutveckling (2005-2017)
Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling (1991-2017)

Ämnesområden

Produktion
Hållbar utveckling
Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur