Parametric factory simulation for the responsive enterprise

Farr, Richard, Tannock, James and Holm, Sofia (2007) Parametric factory simulation for the responsive enterprise. In: 4th International Conference on Responsive Manufacturing (ICRM 2007), 17–19 Sept 2007, University of Nottingham.

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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 within a simulated factory, and its implementation in a study 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: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Parametric simulation, logistic control, kanban, aerospace
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Depositing User: Farr, Dr Richard
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2014 13:24
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:28

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