Analysis Of Akebono Production Systems

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In the article, “Does importing more inputs raise productivity and exports”, the author explains the benefits of manufacturing productivity. The author, Sharma, reveals that imported products bring new technology and offer new opportunities for manufacturing companies. Additionally, these opportunities tend to spawn new ideas as new products are imported that can add new profitability by providing lower cost supplies (Sharma, 2016). The newest of Akebono’s manufacturing processes The K2XX Caliper assembly process utilizes low-cost caliper pistons that are imported from Japan. The fiber molded pistons provide a light weight, low drag design that is cheaper than prior designs that were machined out of aluminum. Therefore, this newer imported …show more content…
It is very easy to see that actions in production are negatively influenced, but the key is to identify the root cause. Where employee’s actions are analyzed, it is necessary to utilize cycle time analysis. Cycle times are the interface with a machine or some form of automation such as robotic processes. The authors, of the article “Cycle time analysis in reentrant robotic cells with swap ability” discuss machine operation interface. Revealing that process times are effected by human interactions that result in total flow time deviation irregularities (Foumani & Jenab, 2012). Akebono utilizes Akebono Production Systems (APS) methodologies to capture cycle time against TACT time. Where TACT time is defined as the selling speed of the product or customer demand. This TACT time defines exactly what the customer contract is requesting for daily production. Utilizing cycle time which is the machine and production operator’s motions to process the part at each operation. The cycle time of all of the operations combine to a total cycle time to produce the product that must be below the TACT …show more content…
These faults are better known as machine stoppages, the issues that follow these stops in production are necessarily identified to eliminate their occurrence. Identifying these faults can be a daunting task due to the complexity of machine operations as well as the human interface with component parts. In the article, “The age-dependent value of time: a life cycle analysis”, the authors explain cycle times and Value of Time (VOT). The article goes on to explain that cycle times are easily increased by aging workers who cannot keep up with younger employees. Additionally, evidence explains that aging workers are unable to react to issues as quickly as younger workers which impacts increased cycle times (Guang-Zhen & Yew-Kwang, 2009). To this end, it is clear that identifying employee cycle time increases is a paramount concern for production managers. As expected Akebono is trying to identify all of the areas for improvement so that production forecast are met while production requirements are being increased by General Motors. Based on the article “Key Issues in Implementing Cycle Time Analysis as a Schedule Reduction Tool”, it is clear that Akebono should follow the author’s model. The author, provides insight that predetermined processes develop inefficiencies over time and need to be reviewed regularly for errors (Eldin, 1999). Based on the

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