MIXED-MODEL PRODUCTION SYSTEM DESIGN FOR AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY

James Briggs, Yan Jin, Mark Price, Robert Burke

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Abstract

With the advancement of flexible fixture and flexible tooling, mixed production has become possible for aircraft assembly as the manufacturing processes of different aircraft/sub-assembly models are similar. However, it is a great challenge to model the problem and provide a practical solution due to the low volume and complex constraints of aircraft assemblies. To tackle this problem, this work proposes a methodology for designing the mixed production system, and a new scheduling approach is proposed by combined backward and forward scheduling methods. These methods are validated through a real-life industrial case study. Simulation results show that the number of workstations and the cycle time for making a fuselage can be reduced by 50% and 39% respectively with the newly designed mixed-model system.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2013
Eventthe 11th International Conference on Manufacturing Research - Cranfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Sep 201320 Sep 2013

Conference

Conferencethe 11th International Conference on Manufacturing Research
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCranfield
Period18/09/201320/09/2013

Keywords

  • Mixed-model
  • Aircraft assembly
  • Production system design

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