Links between kit quality and kit preparation design
Journal article, 2020

Kitting is a materials-feeding principle commonly used with mixed-model assembly, but literature is lacking with respect to how kit quality can be supported. The purpose of this paper is to create an understanding of the links between kit preparation design aspects and kit preparation error types, that can be useful to support kit quality. The paper draws on empirical data from a multiple case study in the automotive industry to study how typical kit errors are linked to eight kit preparation design aspects: location, work organisation, storage policy, batching policy, storage packaging, kit carrier and container, picking information system, and error communication. The findings suggest several opportunities related to kit preparation design aspects for preventing kit errors and facilitating kit error corrections. The paper extends earlier knowledge and can support kit quality of industrial kit preparation.

Materials handling

mixed-model assembly

warehouse design

kitting

order picking

Author

Patrik Fager

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Robin Hanson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Lars Medbo

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Mats Johansson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

International Journal of Production Research

0020-7543 (ISSN) 1366-588X (eISSN)

Vol. in Press

Utformning av processer för effektiv materialkonfigurering

VINNOVA, 2014-06-01 -- 2016-11-30.

Areas of Advance

Transport

Production

Subject Categories

Transport Systems and Logistics

DOI

10.1080/00207543.2020.1785035

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