Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University, 61530 Camburnu,Trabzon, Turkey
Welding process plays a major role in ship production. As welding process can be performed in less time, ship fabrication can be completed in a shorter time. Therefore, it is a significant issue that welding time is able to be ended as soon as possible. For this, operator factor, which is a component of welding time calculation, could be increased. If this is done, welding time could be decreased. The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of operator factor on the production quantity of panel line. In the work, panel line of a shipyard situated in Turkey was illustrated as an example. Whole workstations of panel line were taken into consideration and modeled in SIMIO simulation environment. Changing operator factor in web welding work station on panel line, different welding time values were achieved. These welding time values were then inserted in simulation model and model was run along a specified period and finally production quantities of panel line were obtained as an output. So, the effects of operator factor changing on panel line throughput were determined.