Simulation Analysis of Material Handling AGVs in an Automotive Facility: A Case Study
Hart, D., Hill. T. W., & Holt, R. (2011). Simulation Analysis of Material Handling AGVs in an Automotive Facility: A Case Study. IERC 2011. Reno, NV.
This work focused on analyzing the transportation of automobile closures (fenders, doors, trunk lid, and hood) to the body assembly line. The existing forklift delivery method was analyzed; an alternative delivery option was developed with an improved delivery path which incorporates the use of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and a kitting area. Simulation models were constructed using Flexsim to determine the best option to maximize throughput. The analysis yielded an optimal AGV route and recommendations for implementing a kitting area. AGVs are being used to transport parts from the weld cells to the kitting area then to the line. These improvements decreased forklift requirements which ultimately resulted in substantial cost savings for the facility.