Dock Analysis for Lean Material Delivery - An Automotive Case Study 2000-01-2222
This paper discusses the challenging aspects of dock design to support a just-in-time material delivery system in an automotive body shop. The manufacturing processes and the material delivery system in the body shop were designed with lean manufacturing principle. As a result, internal storage areas were eliminated, non-value added man-power was reduced as much as possible, line side inventory was kept to a minimum, and operating cost of the material delivery system was minimized through the design of a hybrid system consisting of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Fork Trucks. The critical parameters of the system were evaluated and established through detailed discrete event simulation.