Location of kit preparation – A case study within the automotive industry

Examensarbete för masterexamen

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Type: Examensarbete för masterexamen
Master Thesis
Title: Location of kit preparation – A case study within the automotive industry
Authors: Bulun, David
Konstantinidis, Konstantin
Abstract: There are different ways of providing material for assembly and kitting is one of the more commonly used methods. Certain material that is supposed to be assembled is presented in kits to facilitate the assembly operations. The kit preparation can be conducted at different places at a company. The choice of where to place the kit preparations can affect a company regarding different factors. Previous studies have made some findings with the placement of having the kitting centralised (i.e. gathered in one common location), or decentralised (i.e. several kit preparations spread around a plant). What has not been investigated so far is the choice of having the kit preparation outside the plant. Therefore, this thesis aims to investigate this area further. It will be done through case studies that are intended to be compared with each other. These two cases are well established companies within the automotive industry that have many years’ experience of using kitting as a method of providing material. In terms of having the kitting processes outside the plant, the thesis shows that it is more advantageous to have the kitting located in an area nearby the assembly, rather than having it outside the plant. A crucial performance area that is discussed, and affected by the kitting location, is the amount of transportation that increases in conjunction to having the kits prepared outside the assembly plant. Other crucial areas that are discussed are the quality of kit preparation and potential for visual control, which both positively affected by having the kits prepared nearby the assembly.
Keywords: Övrig industriell teknik och ekonomi;Transport;Other industrial engineering and economics;Transport
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Technology Management and Economics
Series/Report no.: Master thesis. E - Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden : E2017:049
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12380/251711
Collection:Examensarbeten för masterexamen // Master Theses

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