Integrated analysis of quality and production logistics performance in manufacturing lines

M. Colledani, T. Tolio
2011 International Journal of Production Research  
This paper presents an analytical method for evaluating the performance of production systems jointly considering in a unique framework quality and production logistics performance measures. In the literature, quality and production logistics have been traditionally investigated with independent approaches. So far, only few recent contributions have focused on their mutual inter-relation, showing that relevant benefits can be achieved from an integrated analysis. This paper contributes to this
more » ... rowing research area by considering, for the first time, production systems in which the behaviour of the machines is monitored by statistical control charts. The control action performed by the quality control system on the machines is directly modeled. Moreover, the impact of the quality control action on the logistic flow of parts in the system is taken into account. In order to estimate the performance of such systems, an approximate analytical method based on the system decomposition technique is developed. The accuracy of the method is assessed by comparing the results with those obtained by simulation. The analysis of the results provides new insights on the relations among the quality and production logistics performance measures and paves the way to the development of integrated design techniques for improved configurations of the system as a whole.
doi:10.1080/00207540903443246 fatcat:kn4efkdzfffgnonp3jcjlrvpey