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The impact of materials exposure on the conditions at the workstation

Christian Finnsgård (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport) ; Lars Medbo (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport) ; Carl Wänström (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport) ; Patrick Neumann
Proceedings of EurOMA conference, Groningen, The Netherlands (2008)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding of how the materials exposure impacts the workstation conditions, in terms of non-value adding work, the space needed and ergonomics. In a typical workstation in the Swedish Automotive industry materials for manual assembly are exposed along the line in pallets, being supplied by forklift trucks. In this study, three workstations were re-designed, using the principles of lean production, one was subsequently rebuilt and a pilot study was performed. Materials had previously been supplied and exposed in pallets and the re- design with smaller containers decreased the space needed along the line with 67%. The results included a decrease of the non-value adding work at the workstation of 23%. The walking path for the operator was decreased by 52%. Reducing picking of unbeneficial exposed materials, unnecessary movements and carrying work improved the ergonomics for the operator.

Nyckelord: Materials feeding, manual assembly, packaging



Denna post skapades 2008-07-07. Senast ändrad 2014-11-10.
CPL Pubid: 72335

 

Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport (2005-2016)

Ämnesområden

Industriell teknik och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur

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