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A Decision Making Tool for Reconfigurable Assembly Lines — Eupass Project

  • F. Wehrli
  • S. Dufey
  • S. Koelemeijer Chollet
  • J. Jacot
Part of the IFIP — International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 260)

Abstract

A decision making tool is proposed to evaluate assembly costs of microproducts (< 1 dm3) and to compare different assembly strategies for a given product or product family. The tool takes into account equipment costs as well as running costs, for manual and automatic assembly. Its specificity lies in its ability to deal with different production mixes and production volumes over the life cycle of the product family. The underlying concept of the tool is that the cost of a given assembly function (or process) is constant for different technical solutions. This paper describes a cost evaluation for reconfigurable, manual, automatic or semiautomatic assembly lines, and shows its easiness of use through a simple test case.

Keywords

Assembly Line Production Volume Product Family Batch Size Product Life Cycle 
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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Wehrli
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Dufey
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Koelemeijer Chollet
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Jacot
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Production Microtechnique, Institut de Production et RobotiqueEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Production MicrotechniqueEPFLLausanneSwitzerland

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