Assembly line in an manufacturing industry involves large number of employees, equipments, tools. Large industries will have multi product flow in a single assembly line. It involves value added and non-value added activities by an employee which affects production volume and productivity. Standard time for activities determines the capacity of the line which helps in meeting the customer demands at right time. In mixed flow assembling conveyor, each assembling model (product) will have different components in assembling and differ by work elements. It can be avoided by breaking down all the activities in the assembly line in to minute elements. By using MOST (Maynard Operation Sequence Technique), an effective methodology for calculating the accurate Standard time for each activity, it is possible to eliminate non-value added activities in the work area. A study is conducted at Ashok Leyland, Hosur – Unit I to improve the man power utilization in the assembly line of 210 viking model by estimating the standard time using MOST. It provides the employee with maximum work engagement (man-power utilization) so that maximum output is achieved with minimum number of workers and it helps in preparing the production schedule in assembly line. Proper utilization of resources provides value for money which leads the organization towards Lean Manufacturing strategy. Establishment of MOST helps in achieving higher output with minimum usage of resources helps in achieving overall productivity at all levels.

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Tue, 19/04/2011 - 21:19