Simulation of mixed-load testing process in an electronic manufacturing company

Hayati Mukti Asih, Chong Kuan Eng, Lee Mei Ph'ng


The automatic testing machine, called by mixed-load tester, has ability to load and test multiple product families in different testing durations simultaneously. However, the high product mixes for each product family undergoes a different process flow. In addition, the capability of the robot inside tester used for loading and unloading a product to each slot makes the capacity planning problem more complicated. It effects low tester utilization. This paper developed simulation models of capacity planning scenarios under demand and testing time uncertainty. These scenarios are built by robust optimization to handle worst case condition. The result shows the proposed solutions gives better tester utilization and improves the decision making process by providing more detailed and precise information about capacity planning under uncertainties that was not available in company`s current method. To the best of our knowledge, this developed model is the first one considering the mixed–load tester under uncertainties.


capacity planning; electronic industry; mixed–load tester; simulation; utilization;

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