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Maximization of product flow: master’s thesis in operations management at Xaar plc 2004
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Xaar is a high-tech corporation that develops industrial inkjet technology and manufactures print heads. The production process is complex and requires special manufacturing techniques and environments. Yields are low, the product flow uneven and the market demand is high. This thesis investigates how Xaar can maximise the product flow through the production plant in Järfälla, Sweden. The thesis uses traditional methods for problem solving and computer simulations for evaluation. The purpose of the thesis is to maximize the product flow at the Xaar Järfälla plant. The results point that Xaar shall emphasize on: • Accept the washing operations 30, 60, 75 and 320 as theoretical bottlenecks • Continuously monitor flow and bottlenecks with computer screens connected to the manufacturing information system • Visualise bottlenecks using special eye-catching signs • Focus physical work at bottlenecks to maximise the running time • Level production using bottlenecks to set the pace • Use pull driven production with buffers • Utilise machinery efficiently and manufacture to stock • Use more scorecards to monitor variables that can improve the total quality • Increase the staff competence by rotating staff • Create task groups for maintenance, yields and bottleneck capacity improvement • Formulate a manufacturing strategy

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Keyword [en]
Technology, logistik
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-55514ISRN: LTU-EX--05/236--SELocal ID: c6043971-04dd-4203-ac88-f56a14c0bf0dOAI: diva2:1028898
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Electrical Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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