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|Title:||A case study evaluating the impact of human behavior on a manufacturing process in-line with automatic processes by means of a simulation model|
|Abstract:||In many manufacturing systems human resources are essential in some cognitive intensive tasks while the more repetitive ones are assigned to automatic systems. If on the one hand, automation has a deterministic pace; humans are known by a flexible and variable work manner. Therefore, a reliable description of both hardware and human components is required for designing such manufacturing systems. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of the variable throughput of a manual process in a production flow that contains automatic processes upstream and downstream. With regard to the description of human behavior, two sources of variability were considered: natural and abnormal variability. Natural variability refers to the differences in terms of processing times that can be found among individuals. Organizational aspects such delays in shift changing and breaks along the shift, are referred as abnormal variability, and were also investigated by means of an analytical and simulation models.|
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