International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management

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Vol. 5 No. 2 (2014)
Original Research Article

A Visual Board to Facilitate Production Flow Regulation at Sequential Processes

Goh Wen Jiun
School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia
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Chin Jeng Feng
School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia
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Shahrul bin Kamaruddin
School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia
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Nur Amalina binti Muhammad
School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia
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Published 2014-06-30

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Keywords

  • visual system,
  • production control,
  • shop floor improvement,
  • system design

How to Cite

Jiun, G. W., Feng, C. J., Kamaruddin, S. bin, & binti Muhammad , N. A. (2014). A Visual Board to Facilitate Production Flow Regulation at Sequential Processes. International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, 5(2), 85–94. https://doi.org/10.24867/IJIEM-2014-2-110

Abstract

A visual system allows one to assess the production status of a shop floor at a single glance and detect abnormalities like deviations from the production plan. This paper presents a case study of a visual system application on an electronics backend assembly that consists of several mixed-model sequential processes. The production flow is regulated by a push system. Isolated scheduling at the front end significantly contributes to erratic arrival of parts at the backend. A generic visual board was designed and implemented to avoid significant inventory build-up, shorten average flow time, and ensure maximum production leveling. The visual board is named as visual Work-in-progress (WIP) flow monitoring board and is described in terms of its physical appearance, component functions, and operating procedures performed by different levels of staff. The paper also includes the implementation of the visual board and performance evaluation after ten months of execution. The system was found to produce positive results.

 

Article history: Received (22.03.2014); Revised (25.06.2014); Accepted (02.07.2014)  

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