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Computer based discrete event simulation (DES) is one of the most commonly used aids for the design of automotive manufacturing systems. However, DES tools represent machines in extensive detail, while only representing workers as simple resources. This presents a problem when modelling systems with a highly manual work content, such as an assembly line.(More)
For many years discrete-event simulation has been used to analyze production and logistics problems in manufacturing and defense. Commercial-off-the-shelf Simulation Packages (CSPs), visual interactive modelling environments such as Arena, Anylogic, Flexsim, Simul8, Witness, etc., support the development, experimentation and visualization of simulation(More)
For many years discrete-event simulation has been used to analyze production and logistics problems in manufacturing and defense. In the early 1980s, visual interactive modelling environments were created that supported the development, experimentation and visualization of simulation models. Today these environments are termed Commercial-off-the-shelf(More)
This paper introduces the latest collaborative project work being carried out by Consultants at Lanner Group and Manufacturing Engineers at Ford Motor Company's PowerTrain Operations. The work involves aiding the design and optimisation of planned Engine Assembly Lines, by generating and experimenting with a complete simulation model produced using a(More)
Within the context of supply chain simulation, this paper introduces the generic runtime infrastructure for distributed simulation as a novel infrastructure for distributed supply chain simulation that promotes user transparency and extensible service provision. These are discussed with regard to a distributed simulation of a supply chain model (federation)(More)
This paper reports on continuing work that concerns research into the development of a commercial off the shelf (COTS) distributed simulation environment (federation) using the Generic Runtime Infrastructure for Distributed Simulation to support the interoperation of simulation packages such as Arena, Extend, Simul8, Taylor, Witness, etc. The main aim of(More)
Discrete Event Simulation of manufacturing systems has become widely accepted as an important tool to aid the design of such systems. Often, however, it is applied by practitioners in a manner which largely ignores an important element of industry; namely, the workforce. Workers are usually represented as simple resources, often with deter-ministic(More)
The vision of grid computing is to make computational power, storage capacity, data and applications available to users as readily as electricity and other utilities. Grid infrastructures and applications have traditionally been geared towards dedicated, centralized, high performance clusters running on UNIX flavour operating systems (commonly referred to(More)
This paper explains the latest project work being undertaken at the Ford Motor Company in the generation of simulation models from spreadsheet interfaces and in particular the latest advances in the automatic creation of virtual reality worlds based on these model layouts. The ease of creation is the key to the use of the third dimension but being able to(More)
This paper discusses the changes that were required to Ford's Power Train Operations (PTO) simulation environment to ensure the maximum benefit was gained from the investment made in simulation. Three key elements have been identified as essential to maximizing use. These were Availability, Support, and the right Tools for the Job. The background driving(More)