A CIM study on bearing assembly company.
Kok, Wah En.
Date of Issue1999
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
In today's environment, the computer hard disk is extensively used for information storage, and the precision of the component is highly dependent on the suppliers' manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies. In this project, the author studies a bearing assembly company, a supplier of high precision and volume components to the hard disk manufacturers. The company's efficiency is depended on three main operation stages: design, production and material management. To elevate its production efficiency, four main areas are being discussed in this report. First of all, the implementation of concurrent engineering and quality function deployment will help the designer to study the customer's voice and requirement collectively as parts of the design consideration. Secondly, by understanding the need to time-to-market and elaborates how a product can be launched ahead of the competitors concept. This will establish the company to be both the technology and the price leader. Thirdly, in product management, the existing situation is modeled by using the simulation software, Arena, to show realistic situation and to pin down any existing bottleneck. Finally, a study of the quality system that incorporates CIM tool to facilitate and promote operational efficiency.