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Dynamic classification of tasks in condition of unit and small batch production

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In the process of unit and small batch production a very important aspect is the amount of time from production setup to availability to the customer. In spite of applying modern management techniques, setup time still plays an important part in the production cycle time. In the examined companies the relationship between changeover time to processing time was significant. The above research inspired the author to prepare a method of setup time reduction through the appropriate arrangement of tasks in the operational production plan. The appropriate arrangement meant considering the similarity of parts from the point of view of carried out operation. The similarity of parts facilitates setup time reduction, which translate into smaller lot sizes, reduced in-process inventories, shorter lead time and higher throughput. The method was validated in conditions of the production practice for unit and small batch production. The presented method is one of the elements of a computer aided management system for small and medium enterprises (SME).
  • University of Bielsko-Biała, Department of Industrial Engineering, Willowa 2, 43-309 Bielsko-Biała, Poland, phone: +48 33 827253,
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