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This paper describes the design and implementation of a continuous improvement project at an automotive paint shop. The development is based on a recently developed improvement methodology for production systems with quality-quantity coupled operations, whereby increasing the probability to complete a job during a cycle time leads to decreasing job quality. The implementation of the first stage of the project resulted in over 9% throughput improvement. The second stage predicts additional improvement of 9.5%.
Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:7 , Issue: 4 )
Date of Publication: Oct. 2010