Due to the high rate of failures and damages occurring with current traffic light assemblies because of motorists striking them or the nature of the components, there is a need for optimizing the production rate. This need is specifically aimed at accommodating replacement at a quicker rate as well as a new method of assembly by using different materials and components. Therefore it is necessary to implement a new facilities plan to improve the current situation and reduce costs associated with a prolonged repair programme. A modular replaceable traffic light is an innovative and cost efficient solution to the conventional traffic light assemblies.
This report outlines the key principles and activities that occur in optimizing a facilities plan layout for the assembly of a replaceable traffic light. The details of the entire assembly line project and facilities layout are explained and investigated in this report. Facilities layout planning is the critical component in a company’s future growth and development plans; it provides the company with a long-term solution for reaching its desired goals and vision. By implementing the correct facilities planning tools and techniques a number of benefits will be achieved namely a reduction in costs associated with a production line assembly; bottlenecks will be reduced thus increasing material flow and an improved working environment all contribute to the success of a correctly implemented facilities layout.
The modular replaceable traffic light is constructed out of the latest polymer plastic which allows for quick assembly due to its light weight and manoeuvrability. By implementing the steps necessary to create an optimal facilities plan layout the replacement time for damaged or broken traffic lights currently on the roads today will be significantly reduced. Facilities’ planning allows managers to do a better job and ensures that all employees are working towards achieving the company’s goals and objectives.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2010.