An empirical assessment of the performances of three line feeding modes used in the automotive sector: line stocking vs. kitting vs. sequencing
Sali, Mustapha; Sahin, Evren; Patchong, Alain (2015), An empirical assessment of the performances of three line feeding modes used in the automotive sector: line stocking vs. kitting vs. sequencing, International Journal of Production Research, 53, 5, p. 1439-1459. 10.1080/00207543.2014.944630
TypeArticle accepté pour publication ou publié
Journal nameInternational Journal of Production Research
MetadataShow full item record
Abstract (EN)In high diversity, Just In Time production environments, mixed-model assembly lines aim at producing a large amount of end products that use alternative variants of components used in the assembly process. Therefore, the availability of parts required at the border of the assembly line is critical for the production process. To ensure the availability of parts needed on the line, three line feeding modes are commonly used in practice: line stocking, kitting and sequencing. The relative performance of each mode, in terms of average total operating cost, depends on various factors such as the diversity of components, parts’ physical features (i.e. weight and volume), to name a few. The impact of such parameters on the performance of line feeding modes remains still weakly studied in the literature. Through an empirical approach based on a real case, our study aims at evaluating the average total cost pertaining to each mode. The total cost includes parts preparation before assembly, picking, in-plant transportation and storage costs. A thorough comparative study enables then to characterise situations which make one mode less costly compared with the others. Each situation corresponds to specific values taken by parameters that are considered in the cost formulation.
Subjects / KeywordsLine feeding; In-plant material supply; Kitting; Line stocking; Sequencing
Showing items related by title and author.
An empirical assessment of cross-cultural age self-construal measurement: Evidence from three countries Lee, Keun; Zhang, Yong; Mathur, Anil; Barak, Benny; Guiot, Denis (2011) Article accepté pour publication ou publié