Data mining for improvement of product quality

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International Journal of Production Research

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The assemble-to-order strategy delays the final assembly operations of a product until a customer order is received. The modules used in the final assembly operation result in a large product diversity. This production strategy reduces the customer waiting time for the product. As the lead-time is short, any product rework may violate the delivery time. Since quality tests can be performed on the stocked modules without impacting the assembly schedule, the quality of the final assembly operations should be the focus. The data-mining approach presented in this paper uses the production data to determine the sequence of assemblies that minimizes the risk of producing faulty products. The extracted knowledge plays an important role in sequencing modules and forming product families that minimize the cost of production faults. The concepts introduced in the paper are illustrated with numerical examples. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of International Journal of Production Research is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)



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International Journal of Production Research, 44:18 (2006) pp.4027-4041.

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