Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Brent Askins (Director), Bashar Haddad, Reagan Brown, and Julio Levisohn
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Master of Science
Textile factories or Maquiladoras are very abundant and predominant in Central American economies. However, they all do not have the same standardized work schedule or routines. Most of the Maquiladoras only follow schedules and regulations established by the current labor laws without taking into consideration many variables within their organization that could affect their overall performance. As a result, the purpose of the study is to analyze the current working structure of a textile Maquiladora and determine the most suitable schedule that will abide with the current working structure but also increase production levels, employee morale and decrease employee fatigue.
A Maquiladora located in el Salvador, C.A. has been chosen for the study. It currently provides finished goods to one of the leading textile industries in the United States of America. The study will consist of collecting production numbers for two of their manufacturing cells for five consecutive days. In addition, a questionnaire will be administered to measure employee fatigue. Once all data have been collected, the data will be analyzed to determine the best working structure that will benefit the employee and the employer.
Design of Experiments and Sample Surveys | Manufacturing | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering
Barahona, Jose L., "Maquiladoras in Central America: An Analysis of Workforce Schedule, Productivity and Fatigue." (2019). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3146.