Line Changeover Comparison Study: Flexible Assembly Line vs Highly Automated Fixed Tooling

Global automotive manufacturer customer finds "flexible" lines save time and money

Flexible assembly line comparison studyThis study is a comparison of the time and details needed to prepare and execute a shutdown and line changeover between the two manufacturing plants, one with highly automated fixed tooling and the other with a flexible assembly system.

Highlight of Top Findings

  1. The highly automated fixed tooling line required a tremendous amount of preparation work that spans over months, compared to just a few hours and days with the flexible assembly line.
  2. The flexible assembly line shutdown occurred over a weekend, with normal production resuming by midday on Monday. The automated fixed tooling line was shut down for 9 days.

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