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Implications of realizing mix flexibility in assembly systems for product modularity—A case study
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3560-9372
Jönköping University.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3187-7932
2019 (English)In: Journal of manufacturing systems, ISSN 0278-6125, E-ISSN 1878-6642, Vol. 52, p. 13-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To enable the production of high product variety, mix flexibility in assembly systems is of paramount importance for manufacturing companies. Mixed-product assembly lines (MPALs) are growing as the key means of realizing mix flexibility in many manufacturing sectors, as they absorb volume fluctuations and offer high product variety. With the increasing product variety in MPALs, these assembly systems are becoming more complex. However, the practical challenges of these assembly systems, in particular those concerning product design, have not been adequately addressed. By performing a case study of a heavy machinery manufacturing company, this paper investigates the implications of realizing mix flexibility in an assembly system for product modularity. The findings pinpoint the low level of product modularity in assembly as the most important challenge in MPALs. Accordingly, realizing mix flexibility in an MPAL impacts product modularity through establishing a common assembly sequence and defining similar module contents across distinct product families.

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Elsevier B.V. , 2019. Vol. 52, p. 13-22
Keywords [en]
Assembly system, Mix flexibility, Mixed-product assembly line, Product design, Product modularity, Assembly machines, Flexible manufacturing systems, Riveting, Assembly sequence, Assembly systems, Manufacturing companies, Manufacturing sector, Product assembly, Product families, Volume fluctuations, Assembly
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43498DOI: 10.1016/j.jmsy.2019.04.010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065784270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-43498DiVA, id: diva2:1322937
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Export Date: 24 May 2019; Article; CODEN: JMSYE; Correspondence Address: Asadi, N.; Division of Product Realization, School of Innovation Design and Engineering, Mälardalen UniversitySweden; email: narges.asadi@mdh.se

Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

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