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Reconfiguration of a two-stage production system with a shared pipeline network

Hengel, J.A. van den (2021) Reconfiguration of a two-stage production system with a shared pipeline network.

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Abstract:This study aims to reduce unplanned stops in the packaging stage of a Riedel’s fruit juice plant. Over the recent years, the product portfolio has changed, fragmenting the production volume and increasing the pressure on the production system. Unplanned stops are caused by tardiness in production stages that precede the final production stage, the packaging stage. The packaging stage and the stages preceding it are connected by a shared pipeline network. The shared pipeline network consists of material transfer equipment that partially connects the transforming equipment units within the production system. It was suspected that the tardiness in the prior stages were caused by resource conflicts in the shared pipeline network. Two key problems were identified: the lack of an explicit planning method for material transfer equipment; and the insufficient of material transfer equipment in the shared pipeline network. In this study, the packing stage and its preceding stage were modeled so that an impact analysis could be made regarding an improved planning approach, as well as capacity expansions in the shared pipeline network. Heuru
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:31 mathematics
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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