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Training and assignment of multi-skilled workers for implementing seru production systems

Liu, C and Yang, N and Li, W and Lian, J and Evans, S and Yin, Y (2013) Training and assignment of multi-skilled workers for implementing seru production systems. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 69. pp. 937-959. ISSN 0268-3768

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Abstract

Confronted with high variety and low volume market demands, many companies, especially the Japanese electronics manufacturing companies, have reconfigured their conveyor assembly lines and adopted seru production systems. Seru production system is a new type of work-cell-based manufacturing system. A lot of successful practices and experience show that seru production system can gain considerable flexibility of job shop and high efficiency of conveyor assembly line. In implementing seru production, the multi-skilled worker is the most important precondition, and some issues about multi-skilled workers are central and foremost. In this paper, we investigate the training and assignment problem of workers when a conveyor assembly line is entirely reconfigured into several serus. We formulate a mathematical model with double objectives which aim to minimize the total training cost and to balance the total processing times among multi-skilled workers in each seru. To obtain the satisfied task-to-worker training plan and worker-to-seru assignment plan, a three-stage heuristic algorithm with nine steps is developed to solve this mathematical model. Then, several computational cases are taken and computed by MATLAB programming. The computation and analysis results validate the performances of the proposed mathematical model and heuristic algorithm. © 2013 Springer-Verlag London.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Heuristic algorithm Multi-skilled workers assignment Reconfiguration of production systems Seru production system Training of multi-skilled workers
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:45
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 02:16
DOI: 10.1007/s00170-013-5027-5