A critical point for manufacturing companies has always been the optimization of their production processes to increase the productivity and minimize the related costs, chasing an efficiency principle. Thanks to advent of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) era, some technologies, perceived as far away few years ago, now can be reached by everyone. The use of these technologies allows factories to acquire and evaluate their production data (and much more) and carry out complex analyses in short time making possible the improvement of the production processes. Aim of this paper is to propose a methodological framework in which, starting from an existing process, where workers and machines have already been assigned to each station of a production line, the use of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices, such as wearable ones, allows to carry out analyses of the performance parameters of the production lines by means of an event-based simulation. In this way it is possible to evaluate if improvements are possible by re-balancing or re-scheduling the line. A case study, regarding a manual task of a real manufacturing production line, is presented to demonstrate the applicability and the effectiveness of the described framework.

Line Balancing Assessment Enhanced by IoT and Simulation Tools

Caterino, M
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2019-01-01

Abstract

A critical point for manufacturing companies has always been the optimization of their production processes to increase the productivity and minimize the related costs, chasing an efficiency principle. Thanks to advent of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) era, some technologies, perceived as far away few years ago, now can be reached by everyone. The use of these technologies allows factories to acquire and evaluate their production data (and much more) and carry out complex analyses in short time making possible the improvement of the production processes. Aim of this paper is to propose a methodological framework in which, starting from an existing process, where workers and machines have already been assigned to each station of a production line, the use of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices, such as wearable ones, allows to carry out analyses of the performance parameters of the production lines by means of an event-based simulation. In this way it is possible to evaluate if improvements are possible by re-balancing or re-scheduling the line. A case study, regarding a manual task of a real manufacturing production line, is presented to demonstrate the applicability and the effectiveness of the described framework.
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