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Re-layout of an assembly area: a case study at Bosch Rexroth Oil Control

Chengyao Ren (Bosch Rexroth (Changzhou) Co. Ltd., Wujin – China)
Carmine Barlotti (Bosch Rexroth Oil Control S.p.A., Nonantola – Italy)
Yuval Cohen (Department of Industrial Engineering, The Open University of Israel, Raanana, Israel)
Barbara Frangipane (Bosch Rexroth AG, Homburg (Saar) – Germany)
Mario Garofalo (Bosch Rexroth Oil Control S.p.A., Nonantola – Italy)
Giulio Cozzari (Politecnico di Torino, c/o sito Mirafiori, Torino – Italy)
Corey Metz (Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Bethlehem, PA - USA)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 2 February 2015




The purpose of the paper is to highlight the considerations and lessons learned from a re-layout project in an assembly area for productivity improvement. The case study took place in Bosch Rexroth Oil Control Nonantola (Italy) with satisfactory results. The paper suggests how to approach reorganization projects with focus on productivity improvements following defined targets.


After an analysis of the initial status, the authors examine several plausible layout alternatives: the main comparison criteria and their weights are defined. Then a scoring/measuring procedure follows for the criteria of each alternative, and the alternatives are compared using principal parameters analysis (PPA).


The paper lists common considerations and lessons learned in the re-layout process. Using the PPA, the authors validate the best solution for the company.


This paper shares a valuable experience that is general enough to be shared with many other assembly systems. A unique experience combining re-layout planning, MTM and use of PPA is shared with the readers.



Ren, C., Barlotti, C., Cohen, Y., Frangipane, B., Garofalo, M., Cozzari, G. and Metz, C. (2015), "Re-layout of an assembly area: a case study at Bosch Rexroth Oil Control", Assembly Automation, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp. 94-103.



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