Windows Hardware Installation Production Line Improvement

  • Author / Creator
    Wang, Mengni
  • Window manufacturing process involves a series of operations including cutting profiles, welding profiles, corner cleaning, installation of hardware and assembling the other components that complete a functional window (such as jam extension, brickmould). The main bottleneck of the manufacturing process is the hardware installation process, since it involves a large variety and number of the hardware, takes a lot of shop floor space, and promotes interaction between workers constantly. As a result, errors could be made on the hardware installation operations, and most importantly delay of the production line and inconsistency in operation cycle time could occur, which results in difficulties in production levelling. Therefore, this research focuses primarily on the improvement of the hardware installation process, in order to smooth the production process and increase the overall production capacity and efficiency.

    The issue related to the hardware installation process has been investigated using the lean concept. The option for changing the hardware installation operation sequence has been proposed. And the proposed changes were verified based on the lean concept and simulation results. The simulation method was used for both current practice and future state to verify the effect of the proposed changes on production time and resource utilization rate. This proposed concept is tested and investigated with a cooperating company, one of the largest window manufacturers in Western Canada with headquarters in Edmonton.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2021
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Science
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    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.