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Advances in Production Engineering & Management
Volume 16 | Number 4 | December 2021 | pp 431–442
The impact of the collaborative workplace on the production system capacity: Simulation modelling vs. real-world application approach
Ojstersek, R.; Javernik, A.; Buchmeister, B.
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A B S T R A C T
In recent years, there have been more and more collaborative workplaces in different types of manufacturing systems. Although the introduction of collaborative workplaces can be cost-effective, there is still much uncertainty about how such workplaces affect the capacity of the rest of production system. The article presents the importance of introducing collaborative workplaces in manual assembly operations where the production capacities are already limited. With the simulation modelling method, the evaluation of the introduction impact of collaborative workplaces on manual assembly operations that represent bottlenecks in the production process is presented. The research presents two approaches to workplace performance evaluation, both simulation modelling and a real-world collaborative workplace example, as a basis of a detailed time study. The main findings are comparisons of simulation modelling results and a study of a real-world collaborative workplace, with graphically and numerically presented parameters describing the utilization of production capacities, their efficiency and financial justification. The research confirms the expediency of the collaborative workplaces use and emphasise the importance of further research in the field of their technological and sociological impacts.
A R T I C L E I N F O
Keywords • Simulation modelling; Production system capacity; Industry 5.0; Assembly line; Human-robot collaboration; Collaborative workplace
Corresponding author • Ojstersek, R.
Article history • Received 7 September 2021, Revised 11 December 2021, Accepted 13 December 2021
Published on-line • 18 December 2021
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