Manufacturing Efficiency Improvements on High Variation Lines
Schultz, Molly J., 1996--
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Motorola Solutions Inc. is a manufacturer of high quality telecommunications equipment. Their newer facility in Elgin, IL builds and assembles portable and mobile radios. Given the high variation in product mix and demand, management teams and line leads struggle to allocate the right number of workers to maximize efficiency. By creating a current state discrete event simulation model using Arena Simulation, important performance metrics were captured such as line efficiency, worker utilization, product wait times, etc. The goal is to use these performance outputs to develop an excel tool that Motorola can utilize for employee allocation.