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Defining flexibility of assembly workstations through the underlying dimensions and impacting drivers

Lauren Van De Ginste (UGent) , Jan Goos, Matthias Schamp (UGent) , Arno Claeys (UGent) , Steven Hoedt (UGent) , Karel Bauters (UGent) , Alessandro Biondi (UGent) , El-Houssaine Aghezzaf (UGent) and Johannes Cottyn (UGent)
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The concept of mass customization is becoming increasingly important for manufacturers of assembled products. As a result, manufacturers face a high variety of products, small batch sizes and frequent changeovers. To cope with these challenges, an appropriate level of flexibility of the assembly system is required. A methodology for quantifying the flexibility level of assembly workstations could help to evaluate (and improve) this flexibility level at all times. That flexibility model could even be integrated into the standard workstation design process. Despite the general consensus among researchers that manufacturing flexibility is a multi-dimensional concept, there is still no consensus on its different dimensions. A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) shows that many similarities can be found in the multitude of flexibility dimensions. Through a series of interactive company workshops, we achieved to reduce them to a shortlist of 9 flexibility dimensions applicable to an assembly workstation. In addition, a first step was taken to construct a causal model of these flexibility dimensions and their determining factors, the so called drivers, through the Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) approach. In the next phase, a driver scoring mechanism will be initiated to achieve an overall assembly workstation flexibility assessment based on the scoring of drivers depending on the workstation design.
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assembly workstation flexibility, flexibility dimensions, flexibility drivers, interpretive structural modelling, systematic literature review

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Van De Ginste, Lauren, et al. “Defining Flexibility of Assembly Workstations through the Underlying Dimensions and Impacting Drivers.” 25th International Conference on Production Research Manufacturing Innovation : Cyber Physical Manufacturing (ICPR25), Proceedings, Elsevier, 2019.
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Van De Ginste, L., Goos, J., Schamp, M., Claeys, A., Hoedt, S., Bauters, K., … Cottyn, J. (2019). Defining flexibility of assembly workstations through the underlying dimensions and impacting drivers. In 25th International Conference on Production Research Manufacturing Innovation : Cyber Physical Manufacturing (ICPR25), Proceedings. Chicago, Illinois (USA): Elsevier.
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Van De Ginste, Lauren, Jan Goos, Matthias Schamp, Arno Claeys, Steven Hoedt, Karel Bauters, Alessandro Biondi, El-Houssaine Aghezzaf, and Johannes Cottyn. 2019. “Defining Flexibility of Assembly Workstations through the Underlying Dimensions and Impacting Drivers.” In 25th International Conference on Production Research Manufacturing Innovation : Cyber Physical Manufacturing (ICPR25), Proceedings. Elsevier.
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Van De Ginste, Lauren, Jan Goos, Matthias Schamp, Arno Claeys, Steven Hoedt, Karel Bauters, Alessandro Biondi, El-Houssaine Aghezzaf, and Johannes Cottyn. 2019. “Defining Flexibility of Assembly Workstations through the Underlying Dimensions and Impacting Drivers.” In 25th International Conference on Production Research Manufacturing Innovation : Cyber Physical Manufacturing (ICPR25), Proceedings. Elsevier.
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Van De Ginste L, Goos J, Schamp M, Claeys A, Hoedt S, Bauters K, et al. Defining flexibility of assembly workstations through the underlying dimensions and impacting drivers. In: 25th International Conference on Production Research Manufacturing Innovation : Cyber Physical Manufacturing (ICPR25), Proceedings. Elsevier; 2019.
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L. Van De Ginste et al., “Defining flexibility of assembly workstations through the underlying dimensions and impacting drivers,” in 25th International Conference on Production Research Manufacturing Innovation : Cyber Physical Manufacturing (ICPR25), Proceedings, Chicago, Illinois (USA), 2019.
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