Effects analysis of internal buffers in serial manufacturing systems for optimal throughput
ASME 2019 14th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, MSEC 2019
Buffers can improve the efficiency of manufacturing systemsby accommodating the negative impacts of machine stoppageand maximize the system throughput. Buffers are often designedand integrated into manufacturing systems.This study investigates the effects of small internal bufferson the throughput of serial manufacturing systems usingdiscrete-event simulation (DES). For a serial manufacturingsystem, its internal buffer can be designed as an idle station or asmall conveyor. In the study, typical automotive assembly linesare used as serial manufacturing systems. In addition, thecapacity of a small internal buffer and two small buffers arestudied for optimal throughput. The study results provide ageneral approach on where to assign small internal buffers inserial manufacturing systems and what the effects of such buffersand their configurations are.
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Imseitif, J., & Tang, H. (2019). Effects analysis of internal buffers in serial manufacturing systems for optimal throughput. ASME 2019 14th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, V001T02A021. https://doi.org/10.1115/MSEC2019-2912