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Flow and packing improvement at Philmac Pty Ltd
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Philmac Pty Ltd is situated in Adelaide Australia. The company designs and manufactures fittings and valves for pipeline systems and irrigation products. Philmac was founded in Adelaide, South Australia in 1929 to manufacture products for the plumbing industry. Today the company is subsidiary of the Etex Group, the worlds largest integrated supplier of plastic performance pipe systems and have 150 employees. The study is done in the plant with the intent to make the packing area more efficient and fit this to a new layout. The packing area has rapidly grown and no strategic plan for the layout exists. As it is in current situation the company has three different packing stations, one for each manufacturing area in the plant. They also have an unsatisfying conveyor system. To find the best possible solution, a cyclic way of investigation and design work has been used (Ranhagen, 1995). The alternatives were developed by using brainstorming and the steps and methods described in the books Facilities Design (Heragu, 1997) and Manufacturing Plant Layout (Phillips, 1997). Information has been collected at meetings with CAMR and with Steve Schumacher at Philmac or by observation and interviews with the workers. Different packing and layout alternatives have been developed. After comparison and discussions, the best option was chosen for detail planning. The new solution with only one packing station and a new layout will save money, mainly due to lower labour costs as well as elimination of double handling and material handling. The pay of time can be narrowed down to one year. The new layout contains a new conveyor system which feeds all the areas in the plant. It also has a new solution for the manual packing station and semi-automated palletising equipment. The suggested design will lead to a lower physical workload throughout the plant and will increase the safety regarding the ergonomics. The suggestion will also improve the psychosocial aspects, especially because the proposal eliminates single work.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Layout improvement
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-43821ISRN: LTU-EX--05/189--SELocal ID: 1a59b332-4c50-473e-9517-c1c109c16341OAI: diva2:1017063
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Ergonomic Design & Production Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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