Comparing quantifiable methods to measure complexity in assembly
Journal article, 2014

In order to measure complexity and stay competitive, manufacturing companies need to be able to quantify production complexity. For this reason, two methods were developed within the context of two concurrent research projects are compared: the Belgian Complexity Calculator, CXC, measures objective complexity and the Swedish Complexity Index, CXI, focuses on subjective complexity, as experienced by operators in the stations. This paper presents a comparative analysis of the two methods by comparing them to seven relevant existing quantitative methods and by examining results from case studies. It is observed that the two methods can be used as a compliment to one another, where CXC can be used for scanning data automatically CXI can be used for in-depth analysis. In addition, the comparison of existing methods provides insight on how to measure complexity depending on need and scope.

manufacturing

operator

method comparison

flexibility

quantifiable.

method

workstation

product variants

components

production complexity

assembly

Author

Sandra Mattsson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Malin Karlsson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Per Gullander

Swerea IVF AB

Hendrik Van Landeghem

Ghent university

Luiza Zeltzer

Ghent university

Veronique Limère

Ghent university

El-Houssaine Aghezzaf

Ghent university

Åsa Fasth

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Johan Stahre

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

International Journal of Manufacturing Research

1750-0591 (ISSN) 1750-0605 (eISSN)

Vol. 9 1 112-130

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1504/IJMR.2014.059602

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11/5/2018