Abstract: This study deals with the conceptual design of a computer-based Decision Support System (DSS) to assist in the launch process of a new vehicle production line, as well as to promote the achieving of pre-established quality objectives throughout the vehicles life cycle. The system identifies workstation constraints for continuous improvement in all body, paint and assembly shops and enhances the planning and execution of vehicle model mix scheduling to enable a level process balance for production. This includes understanding the impact of model and option mixes at each workstation and developing vehicle scheduling parameters. The end result is a higher vehicle quality due to a smoother workflow and more consistent work pace for the production team members.
Daniel J. Fonseca, Jeremy Meade and Gary P. Moynihan, 2013. A Decision Support System for New Vehicle Launching: A Conceptual Framework. International Business Management, 7: 328-336.