The Eagle Eye Locating System is an innovative product, with significant international
sales potential. For the manufacturer, Carl Zeiss Optronics Ltd (Pty), it is essential that
the product should be of high quality and reliability. Marketing of the product concepts
has already indicated an initial demand. Meeting the demand timeously is important
since the technology is already in the public domain and could be copied by
This product is complex, and is currently assembled in batches, with the assembly line
showing no signs of stable flow and consequently unable to achieve the desired
production rate. Zeiss has decided to rearrange the production facility, and dedicate
specific workstations and personnel to the assembly of the Eagle Eye, removing the
risk of production floor congestion. In this document it is shown how various
techniques have been used to draw a proposed facility layout that could sustain a stable
The proposed locations of the workstations inside the assembly area have been mapped.
Not only the material movement, but also the important communication flows between
the workstations have been incorporated. The best alternative layout has been selected
with supporting simulations. A simulation showing the total cycle time at each
workstation has been used to determine the effect of uncertain operation times and the
balance of workload at each workstation. The actions to balance the cycle times and
proposed close proximity of applicable workstations could ensure an optimal stable
flow of assembly.
With a stable production flow established the sub-assemblies will not need to be moved
to the store room for safety, decreasing inventory levels, material movement and labour
required. Overall the throughput will be increased and the forecasted demand can be
If the proposed actions are taken the total time required to produce a batch of ten Eagle
Eyes will be reduced by ten man hours.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2009.