In accordance with the lean production philosophy, an assembly line may be supplied by means of a kanban system, which regulates and simplifies the flow of materials between the lines and the warehouses. This paper focuses on evaluation of feeding policies that differ from each other in term of the number of kanbans managed per feeding tour. A pure cost-based approach is thus proposed, which considers both inline inventories along with handling costs proportionate to the number of operators involved in the parts-feeding process. A multi-scenario simulative approach is applied in order to establish the number of operators required to avoid inline shortages. The scenario minimising total cost is then selected. The innovation introduced is a model for describing kanban arrivals and their requests for feeding, improving the potential of the simulation to describe real-life environments. Lastly, a case study from the automotive industry is presented in order to highlight the applicability of the proposed approach as well and the effects of alternative feeding policies on the total cost incurred.

A simulative approach for evaluating alternative feeding scenarios in a kanban system / Lolli, Francesco; Gamberini, Rita; Giberti, Claudio; Rimini, Bianca; Bondi, Federica. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH. - ISSN 1366-588X. - ELETTRONICO. - 54:14(2016), pp. 4228-4239. [10.1080/00207543.2015.1117675]

A simulative approach for evaluating alternative feeding scenarios in a kanban system

LOLLI, Francesco;GAMBERINI, Rita;GIBERTI, Claudio;RIMINI, Bianca;Bondi, Federica
2016

Abstract

In accordance with the lean production philosophy, an assembly line may be supplied by means of a kanban system, which regulates and simplifies the flow of materials between the lines and the warehouses. This paper focuses on evaluation of feeding policies that differ from each other in term of the number of kanbans managed per feeding tour. A pure cost-based approach is thus proposed, which considers both inline inventories along with handling costs proportionate to the number of operators involved in the parts-feeding process. A multi-scenario simulative approach is applied in order to establish the number of operators required to avoid inline shortages. The scenario minimising total cost is then selected. The innovation introduced is a model for describing kanban arrivals and their requests for feeding, improving the potential of the simulation to describe real-life environments. Lastly, a case study from the automotive industry is presented in order to highlight the applicability of the proposed approach as well and the effects of alternative feeding policies on the total cost incurred.
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A simulative approach for evaluating alternative feeding scenarios in a kanban system / Lolli, Francesco; Gamberini, Rita; Giberti, Claudio; Rimini, Bianca; Bondi, Federica. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH. - ISSN 1366-588X. - ELETTRONICO. - 54:14(2016), pp. 4228-4239. [10.1080/00207543.2015.1117675]
Lolli, Francesco; Gamberini, Rita; Giberti, Claudio; Rimini, Bianca; Bondi, Federica
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