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The Variable Takt

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We come to the core of our book. In our Mixed-Model Assembly Design (MMAD, Sect. 1.4), it is our most important element from Assembly Design for Mixed-Model Assembly (AD for MMA). As in the other chapters, we try to stay close to the language of Operations Management practice in the form of presentation, but further see ourselves as mediators of current findings from scientific work. For motivation, we comment again in the first part on an increased need for mixed-model assembly for current and future production sites, which we had already touched on in the introduction to this book. This is followed by a brief explanation of the classic solution strategies for coping with variants in assemblies with fixed takts, because the disadvantages of these can be eliminated with variable takt. In Sect. 4.4, we explain in detail how variable takt works, with its effect on takt times and the sizing of assembly lines. In Sect. 4.5, we show the numerous advantages of variable takt, using many practical examples. We explain the necessary technical requirements for implementing variable takt in Sect. 4.6 and the possibilities for linking different assembly sections in Sect. 4.7. This chapter concludes with the experiences gained from more than 4 years of practical implementation of variable takt in tractor assembly at Fendt.

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Bebersdorf, P., Huchzermeier, A. (2022). The Variable Takt. In: Variable Takt Principle. Management for Professionals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87170-3_4

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