Managing and improving robot spot welding efficiency

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dc.contributor.author El-Khalil, Raed
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-27T07:36:24Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-27T07:36:24Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-05-27
dc.identifier.issn 1463-5771 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3889 en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose The paper presents a benchmarking analysis that investigates the efficiency gap in relation to spot welding robots in automotive body shops at foreign and domestic companies in North America. The main purpose of this paper is to determine body shop efficiency improvement opportunities for the domestic companies or the Big Three, therefore reducing the competitive gap and improving business performance. Design/methodology/approach The following paper is an extension of an earlier dissertation study conducted by EL-Khalil that focused on improving body shop overall efficiency. The Harbour Report was utilized to determine the best in class facilities that must be visited for benchmarking purposes. The data and information presented were obtained from the facilities visited through observations and interviews. The research utilized the corresponding facilities' labs in order to perform measurements and inspect product welding efficiency. The data obtained were a result of a two-year benchmarking study. Findings The inspection results of spot welds applied on the door flange do not justify the utilization of additional spot welding arm designs and/or robots for the domestic companies. The data presented provide a good opportunity for improving business performance at the body shop Big Three facilities. In order to reduce the current competitive gap, decrease cost, and improve utilization, the Big Three must adopt new strategies (i.e. communization of specific vehicles parts). Research limitations/implications The benchmarking study was limited to the aperture area. Researchers are encouraged to test the propositions further on different types of vehicles and different areas of the vehicle body. Practical implications Based on the actual findings, this paper presents a case that impacts the improvements of the body shop overall performance in relation to reducing the number of spot welding arm and robot designs at the automotive industry in North America. Originality/value The presented gap analysis on body shop spot welding efficiency for automotive companies in North America was not conducted previously. Therefore, the data can be utilized as a benchmark target to drive improvements at the domestic automotive body shops. en_US
dc.language.iso ar en_US
dc.title Managing and improving robot spot welding efficiency en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle A benchmarking study en_US
dc.author.school SOB en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201005172 en_US
dc.author.department Department of Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM) en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Benchmarking: An International Journal en_US
dc.journal.volume 21 en_US
dc.journal.issue 3 en_US
dc.article.pages 344-363 en_US
dc.keywords Automotive industry en_US
dc.keywords Aperture en_US
dc.keywords Body shop en_US
dc.keywords Spot welding en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-05-2012-0035 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation El-Khalil, R. (2014). Managing and improving robot spot welding efficiency: a benchmarking study. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 21(3), 344-363. en_US
dc.author.email raed.elkhalil@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/BIJ-05-2012-0035 en_US
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2514-1120 en_US

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