A parametric approach to logistic control within manufacturing simulation

Farr, Richard and Tannock, James and Almgren, Torgny A parametric approach to logistic control within manufacturing simulation. International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 5 (3). pp. 313-326. ISSN 1748-5037

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Abstract

Simulation offers a powerful way to investigate the boundaries of what can be achieved by a manufacturing system, demonstrating the impact of schedules and policy decisions such as the placement of buffers and the size of safety stocks. Unfortunately, the construction of factory models at the necessary level of detail is a time-consuming process, requiring specialist skills.

This paper describes a novel approach to the representation of logistic control in the simulation of a business unit at Volvo Aero in Trollhättan, Sweden. Several innovative features were built into the model, making it possible for users who were not simulation experts to explore a broad range of scenarios. The resulting model architecture, as described in this paper, takes simulation out of the computer lab and places it in the hands of managers, as an enabler of the responsive enterprise.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: aerospace industry; kanban; logistic control; parametric simulation; competitiveness; productivity; waste reduction; workpieces; production resources; factory models; tied-up capital; on-time deliveries; just-in-time; JIT manufacturing; Sweden; Volvo Aero Corporation; industrial engineering; systems engineering; responsive manufacturing.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJISE.2010.031963
Depositing User: Farr, Dr Richard
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2014 12:26
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 15:06
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3359

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