Workforce Allocation in Motorcycle Transmission Assembly Lines: A Case Study on Modeling, Analysis, and Improvement

Hang Ma, Hyo Kyung Lee, Zhongshun Shi, Jingshan Li

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Abstract

This letter presents a case study of workforce allocation in a gear assembly line at a motorcycle powertrain manufacturing plant. Through structural modeling of operators' work flow and part flow, assembly system models with different configurations are developed. Using iterative aggregation techniques, the performances of such systems are analyzed, and the associated workforce allocation strategies are investigated. By identifying and mitigating system bottlenecks, improvement recommendations are obtained. Such a study provides an effective method for operator assignment in assembly systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9076202
Pages (from-to)4164-4171
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • assembly system
  • Bernoulli model
  • Motorcycle manufacturing
  • workflow
  • workforce allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence

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