Global Sensitivity Analysis of Heijunka Controlled Assembly Line

  • Przemyslaw Korytkowski
Part of the EcoProduction book series (ECOPROD)


Heijunka (production leveling) is a technique that is associated with lean management, and is responsible for reducing the bullwhip effect. With Heijunka, fluctuations in customer orders are not transferred directly to the manufacturing system, which permits a smoother production and better production capacity utilization. A variance-based Sobol method was used to conduct the global sensitivity analysis. Discrete-event simulation was used to carry out experiments on random data-sets. Through this analysis it was determined that the most influential parameter was lot size, followed by change over time, and variation of technological operation duration.


Lean management Heijunka Production leveling Simulation Sensitivity analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Computer ScienceWest Pomeranian University of Technology in SzczecinSzczecinPoland

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