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Restructuring the Receiving Area in the AAR Aircraft Services Company: Designing Different Layouts, 3D Models and Inspection Process Improvement

Rami H. Alamoudi
Department of Industrial Engineering, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Abstract—AAR Aircraft Services Company is a leading provider of products and services to the aerospace, government and defence industries located in Saudi Arabia. The AAR Aircraft Services Company maintains different plane types for different Airlines. The Receiving Area is facing complexity in receiving and inspecting the ordered parts/material by the mechanics. In this paper, the focus of the study is to provide two different alternative layout models for the Receiving Department in order to streamline the receiving procedure and improve the inspection process. The first proposed layout model was designed in order to utilize the dropping area outside the Company building. While the second proposed layout was to redesign the current receiving area. Engineering Sketchup and Revit Software were used to make the 3D designs for the first and second proposed layouts respectively. Additionally, Material handling techniques were used as a methodology in order to optimize the efficiency of the two proposed layouts. Furthermore, tangible results and improvements were founded while implementing this paper. Namely, the number of WIP shelves in the receiving area increased by 36%, and the mechanics personnel capacity increased by 11.4%. Finally, several recommendations were founded while working in this paper.

Index Terms—inspection process improvement, receiving department layout model, complexity

Cite: Rami H. Alamoudi, "Restructuring the Receiving Area in the AAR Aircraft Services Company: Designing Different Layouts, 3D Models and Inspection Process Improvement," Journal of Industrial and Intelligent Information, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 330-336, December 2015. doi: 10.12720/jiii.3.4.330-336
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