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Material flow optimisation in the manual assembly area of polygrip fittings at Philmac Pty. Ltd.
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis project is a result of an analysis and optimisation of the material flow in the manual assembly area at Philmac Pty. Ltd. The company manufactures polypropen fittings for the water and irrigation industry and is located in Adelaide, Australia. As the offshore competition in the manufacturing industry is immense, the manufacturing management must continuously review their activities, in order to meet new challenges and to ensure future feasibility. It is therefore of interest to continue the improvements at Philmac by investigating the manual assembly area. The objectives of this thesis are set to: design and develop a new layout of the assembly area as well as identifying material handling equipment to be implemented in the new system. To obtain a reliable result the project was made in an iterative way. Different tools such as brainstorming, flow charts and relationship charts were used. By mapping and analysing the current situation different constraints were identified. The major constrains were the large WIP, lack of atomisation and mechanisation of material handling in the area, long distance travel of components and inconsistent flow. To achieve a well- planned layout this factors was taken into consideration while developing three layout proposals. By evaluate three proposals, the best option was selected based on a criteria list. The recommended layout was further developed. The proposed layout will provide Philmac with an optimised material flow, better space utilisation, and elimination of number of operations. A universal material handling system is also recommended to be implemented. One of the main conclusion drawn is that the WIP storage will be decreased and formed as a buffer holding 3-days of components for the production. This is still a large buffer, which ought to be organised in an Automated Storage System in order that this buffer inventory will not spread out over a large area that will be difficult to manage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
Keywords [en]
Technology, Production logistics, Layout planning, Flow optimisation
Keywords [sv]
Teknik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-47508ISRN: LTU-EX--01/270--SELocal ID: 50c67bce-5eda-4f53-a2bf-e6ace8785b0fOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-47508DiVA, id: diva2:1020833
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics, master's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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