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Quality/Quantity Improvement in an Automotive Paint Shop: A Case Study

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4 Author(s)
Arinez, J. ; GM R&D & Planning, Gen. Motors Corp., Warren, MI, USA ; Biller, S. ; Meerkov, S.M. ; Liang Zhang

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%.

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Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )