An Integrated Approach for the Analysis of Manufacturing System States

Mukund Dhuttargaon, Krishna Krishnan, Dhagash Shah

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With advancement in the manufacturing technology and rise in the purchasing ability, demand for newer products is increasing continuously. This is forcing manufacturing companies to persistently look for new techniques to improve the productivity of a manufacturing system and ensure optimum utilization of all the elements of a manufacturing system, including facility layout. Traditional research had viewed facility layout, material handling and productivity improvement as separate activities.  Researchers depending on their area of specialization focused on either the production aspects of a company, the material handling aspects or facility layout. However, to ensure productivity, this study proposes a new theory to analyze the current state of the system with an integrated approach of production system and material handling system. In this study, the current state of the system is classified into three different states and a methodology is proposed to identify the current state of the system. This new theory can be used by manufacturers to identify appropriate strategies for improving productivity.  The identification of the state of the system is necessary for effective improvement of the system.

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