Publication Date

Summer 2019

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Brent Askins (Director), Bashar Haddad, Reagan Brown, and Julio Levisohn

Degree Program

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science

Abstract

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.

Disciplines

Design of Experiments and Sample Surveys | Manufacturing | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering

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