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Redesign of an In-Market Conveyor System for Manufacturing Cost Reduction and Design Efficiency Using DFMA Methodology

School of Engineering & Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ, UK
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Received: 11 January 2020 / Revised: 11 February 2020 / Accepted: 13 February 2020 / Published: 19 February 2020
To remain competitive in the market, it is crucial to reduce the time and costs involved in product development. Design for manufacturing and assembly is an engineering methodology that can reduce costs without compromising reliability, performance and time to market objectives. This paper presents a case study for an in-market Table Top Chain (TTC) conveyor system used by a reputed company in Saudi Arabia. TTC conveyor systems are extensively used by major food companies around the world for transporting packaged bottles, glass and cans. There are three main types of these systems, i.e., straight running, side flexing and multiflex. This work focuses on the redesign of a side flexing TTC conveyor system. The existing design of the TTC conveyor system was analysed using the DFMA 9.3 software. The outcomes of the initial analysis were utilised to redesign the TTC conveyor system for cost and design efficiency improvements. The optimum design was selected using Pugh controlled convergence method and further tested for its structural performance using finite element analysis. The redesigned model showed substantial improvements with cost reductions of 29% and an increase in design efficiency from 1.7% to 5%. Finite element analysis has also been carried out with SolidWorks 2019 to validate the structural integrity of the new concept design. View Full-Text
Keywords: conveyor system; cost reduction; design efficiency; design for manufacturing and assembly; Pugh controlled convergence conveyor system; cost reduction; design efficiency; design for manufacturing and assembly; Pugh controlled convergence
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Butt, J.; Jedi, S. Redesign of an In-Market Conveyor System for Manufacturing Cost Reduction and Design Efficiency Using DFMA Methodology. Designs 2020, 4, 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/designs4010006

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Butt J, Jedi S. Redesign of an In-Market Conveyor System for Manufacturing Cost Reduction and Design Efficiency Using DFMA Methodology. Designs. 2020; 4(1):6. https://doi.org/10.3390/designs4010006

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Butt, Javaid; Jedi, Sunny. 2020. "Redesign of an In-Market Conveyor System for Manufacturing Cost Reduction and Design Efficiency Using DFMA Methodology" Designs 4, no. 1: 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/designs4010006

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