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An Analysis of the Kitting Process at Electrolux Mariestad
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In order to meet goals set by the Electrolux Group, the factory in Mariestad has

been changed significantly with the introduction of two new assembly lines. Kitting

has been implemented along with a new material replenishment system. Several new

products have also been introduced and these three elements have caused a rather

chaotic situation at Mariestad in the beginning of 2011.

The main purpose of this thesis is to analyze the effectiveness in the kitting process

for the assembly line and give suggestions for improvement. The goal is then to reach

a conclusion that improves the effectiveness of the kitting and therefore the efficiency

of the whole assembly operation.

In order to reach this goal, specific data was gathered and analyzed with regard

to kitting efficiency and complexity. A special program was built and installed on

the kitting stations which collected important data about the kitting. The data was

then analyzed in Excel and used in a simulation of the kitting area. An extensive

complexity analysis was also done, from an article and product point of view.

The results show that there is a strong correlation between the efficiency of the

kitting and the size of the articles to be kitted. Bigger articles take longer time since

they more boxes are needed to reach the desired batch size of the kit. An interesting

connection is found between kitting time and batch size, where the kitting time per

article would decrease with an increased batch size, but only up to a certain point

where it would start to increase again. The results from the complexity analysis give

an insight into how article and product complexity affect kitting.

The results show that there is room for improvement. The suggestion for Electrolux

is to get articles which take the longest time to kit, pre-kitted from suppliers. A

complexity analysis from the production side is also recommended as it would benefit

the whole production process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 79 p.
, Degree Project in Production Engineering Management, Second Level, 473
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102533OAI: diva2:555302
Subject / course
Production Engineering
Educational program
Master of Science - Production Engineering and Management
Available from: 2012-09-19 Created: 2012-09-19 Last updated: 2012-09-19Bibliographically approved

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