In an integrated circuit (IC) packaging plant, the ink-marking machine has a significantly higher throughput than the other processing machines. When periodic demand surges result in backlog orders or in lost customers, there is a need to increase system throughput. To resolve this problem, the purchase of a new machine often results in excess capacity in addition to added operation and acquisition costs. Therefore, the productivity improvement effort has priority over the machine purchase decision. This paper seeks to optimize both throughput and cycle time performance for IC ink-marking machines. While throughput increase is the primary objective, there is an acceptable cycle time limit for a feasible solution. It is a multi-objective problem. The proposed solution methodology constructed a simulation meta model for the ink-marking operation by using a fractional factorial experimental design and regression analysis. It is then solved by a hybrid response surface method and lexicographical goal programming approach. Solution results illustrated a successful application.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Management Information Systems
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research