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Optimising part feeding in the automotive assembly industry: deciding between kitting and line stocking

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In a synchronous and fast paced assembly line operation, it is of crucial importance that the right parts are being supplied at the right time and at the right place. In automotive assembly, the need for efficient material handling part delivery is particularly great because of extensive product customization and the lack of space to stock all the required parts at the assembly line. This paper introduces a mathematical cost model for evaluating the assignment of parts to one of two possible material supply systems: kitting or line stocking. Case data from an automotive company in Belgium is used to test the model. The results demonstrate that hybrid policies, where some parts will be kitted while others will be stocked in bulk at the line, are preferred to the exclusive use of either material delivery system. The factors influencing the preferred delivery method for individual parts are explored. Numerical results are presented.
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assembly lines, materials handling, kitting, line stocking, manufacturing management

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Limère, Veronique, Hendrik Van Landeghem, Marc Goetschalckx, El-Houssaine Aghezzaf, and Leon McGinnis. 2011. “Optimising Part Feeding in the Automotive Assembly Industry: Deciding Between Kitting and Line Stocking.” International Journal of Production Research.
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Limère, V., Van Landeghem, H., Goetschalckx, M., Aghezzaf, E.-H., & McGinnis, L. (2011). Optimising part feeding in the automotive assembly industry: deciding between kitting and line stocking. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH.
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Limère V, Van Landeghem H, Goetschalckx M, Aghezzaf E-H, McGinnis L. Optimising part feeding in the automotive assembly industry: deciding between kitting and line stocking. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH. 2011;
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Limère, Veronique, Hendrik Van Landeghem, Marc Goetschalckx, et al. “Optimising Part Feeding in the Automotive Assembly Industry: Deciding Between Kitting and Line Stocking.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH (2011): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {In a synchronous and fast paced assembly line operation, it is of crucial importance that the right parts are being supplied at the right time and at the right place. In automotive assembly, the need for efficient material handling part delivery is particularly great because of extensive product customization and the lack of space to stock all the required parts at the assembly line. This paper introduces a mathematical cost model for evaluating the assignment of parts to one of two possible material supply systems: kitting or line stocking. Case data from an automotive company in Belgium is used to test the model. The results demonstrate that hybrid policies, where some parts will be kitted while others will be stocked in bulk at the line, are preferred to the exclusive use of either material delivery system. The factors influencing the preferred delivery method for individual parts are explored. Numerical results are presented.},
  author       = {Lim{\`e}re, Veronique and Van Landeghem, Hendrik and Goetschalckx, Marc and Aghezzaf, El-Houssaine and McGinnis, Leon},
  issn         = {0020-7543},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {assembly lines,materials handling,kitting,line stocking,manufacturing management},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Optimising part feeding in the automotive assembly industry: deciding between kitting and line stocking},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2011.588625},
  year         = {2011},
}

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