Optimizing the configuration of a keyboard assembly cell
This paper describes how the configuration of a three station serial keyboard assembly cell can be optimized using a combination of discrete event simulation modelling and experimental design techniques. The investigation is based on a discrete event simulation model written in ARENA???. Optimum buffer sizes and number of pallets are initially determined by factorial design to identify the most significant factors affecting the throughput of the cell. Response surface methodology is then used to determine the optimal settings. The paper illustrates the methodology of using a combination of discrete event simulation modelling and experimental design techniques to design the optimal configuration of serial assembly cells and similar configurations in the manufacturing environment.