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Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this thesis is to develop an implementation model to an Andon system, which makes the implementation efficient and effective on a vehicle manufacturing assembly line. In order to conduct this, the purpose was broken down to three research questions. 

1. How can the Andon system at an assembly line be designed? 

2. What are the contemporary models for implementing systems? 

3. How can an efficient and effective implementation model for an Andon system be designed?

Method – To find an answer to the first research question four case studies with interviews and observations have been made. A literature study was also conducted in order to understand the subject. The following question was answered from literature studies and collected empirical data. 

Findings – Through case studies, empirical qualitative data about the Andon implementation were collected. This was later analysed by the authors by dividing the collected data into three parts. The first part is about how an Andon system can be designed using different layouts and how to decide a particular layout considering the different possibilities. The second part is how the implementation model PDCA can be used as a base of the implementation project for the implementation team. Finally, the last part describes the whole model and how to start and finish it.  

Limitations – The case companies that were chosen are only those who already have done the Andon implementation on their assembly line. In order to see alternative solutions to otherwise similar problems, authors have chosen to study vehicle manufacturers as well as manufacturers outside of the vehicles branch. Only the implementations phase is in focus to investigate. Further more the thesis will however not include any economic aspects or any aspects regarding software.

Further Research – During the study of research question one, six different layout features were highlighted. From the authors’ knowledge, these six layout features are the most essential features to consider designing an Andon system. However, it is important to state that this study do not mention all of the affecting features to design an Andon system. Further research on other features in an Andon System is therefore recommended. Secondly, as the authors are relying on the interviewed person’s feedback of the differences in the output of an Andon system, the authors recommend self- observations in order to raise the validation of the result.

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2015. , 44 p.
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Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29521ISRN: JU-JTH-IGA-1-20160022OAI: diva2:907440
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JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management
2015-09-03, JTH, Gjuterigatan 5, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-02-29 Created: 2016-02-28 Last updated: 2016-02-29Bibliographically approved

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