n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Cycle time analysis of tipping trailer frame : a case study in a heavy equipment industry

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-277X



A key element with which manufacturing industries should concern themselves in respect of cost and efficiency of operation is the cycle time for preparing their products. A reduction in operational time can result in dramatic improvements in both cost and efficiency. Unfortunately, cycle time problems are sometimes difficult to analyse: there are many factors related to this parameter. This paper presents a cycle time analysis of a tipping trailer frame in a heavy equipment industry. The cycle time analysis, based on the cycle time data collected by a time study, together with the use of an Arena software simulation, is outlined. From the results of this study, it was found that the manufacturing cycle time was 56 hours, and that resources were under-utilised.

Die siklustyd vir die voorbereiding van produkte is krities tot die vervaardiging industrie. 'n Vermindering in die operasionele tyd kan lei tot drastiese verbeterings in beide die koste en doeltreffendheid. Siklustydprobleme is egter dikwels moeilik om te analiseer omdat daar baie faktore is wat dit beïnvloed. Hierdie artikel stel 'n siklustydanalise voor van 'n tiepsleepwaraam in 'n swaartoerustingindustrie. Die siklsustydanalise, gebaseer op gemete siklustyd data saam met 'n Arena simulasie, word bespreek. Die studie het bevind dat die vervaardigingsiklustyd 56 ure was en dat hulpbronne onder benut was.

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