Towards an improved tool to facilitate simulation modelling of complex manufacturing systems

  title={Towards an improved tool to facilitate simulation modelling of complex manufacturing systems},
  author={Ornella Benedettini and Benny Tjahjono},
  journal={The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology},
Computer-based simulation is one of the most valuable aids for manufacturing systems design, yet its use remains limited. The main reason for this is that current manufacturing systems are extremely complex and the user-friendly capabilities provided even by the most advanced simulation tools are not sufficient to cope with such complexity. On this basis, the paper explores the development of an improved tool to ease and speed up simulation modelling of complex manufacturing systems. A… 
Simulation modeling of tool delivery system in a machining line
An industrial project aiming to enhance the existing simulation modeling suites used at a car engine factory in the UK with specific features that model how the tool crib operates, how tools are supplied to the machining lines and various operating strategies.
Novel modelling and simulation approaches to support electronics manufacturing in the UK
High value added products is the only segment of the electronics sector in which the UK is likely to remain competitive and where manufacturing will be retained within this country. Even though UK
Assembly line design principles using Six Sigma and simulation
The applicability of Six Sigma and simulation techniques are explored to derive a set of principles that can be used by manufacturing engineers to design assembly lines to improve the productivity of the lines.
Chapter 30 Modeling a Complex Production Line Using Virtual Cells Luı́s
Simulation is considered one of the worthwhile tools that can be used to analyze the behavior of a production line especially when the application of analytical methods proves to be difficult [1, 2].
Achieving manufacturing excellence through the integration of enterprise systems and simulation
Abstract This paper discusses the significance of the enterprise systems and simulation integration in improving shop floor’s short-term production planning capability. The ultimate objectives are to
Simulation-Based Decision Support System to Improve Material Flow of a Textile Company
The decision support tool was used to test different control strategies for material flow, from the raw material warehouse to the finished product warehouse, and thus can be used to evaluate the impacts of these strategies on the productivity.
Utilizing simulation to evaluate production line performance under varying demand conditions
Determining how a new production cell will function is problematic and can lead to disastrous results if done incorrectly. Discrete-event simulation can provide information on how a line will
A Simulation Approach for Spare Parts Supply Chain Management
To be competitive, companies must constantly innovate, and having efficient and well-managed supply chains is undoubtedly an important success factor. In the case of spare parts manufacturing, supply
Analysis and optimisation of a network of closed-loop automobile assembly line using simulation
The work presented in this paper describes the development of a decision support system based on a discrete event simulation model. The model is aimed at a specific class of production lines with a


Overview of simulation tools for computer-aided production engineering
Guidelines for selection of manufacturing simulation software
Manufacturing systems have become progressively complex and costly. Simulation is increasingly being used as an analysis and evaluation method in the design and operation of these systems. The
An architecture to support the manufacturing system design and planning
This paper presents research work that is aiming to extend an existing architecture that integrates Virtual Reality capabilities with simulation and engineering tools for remote collaboration, supporting collaborative work, sharing experience and best practices between several geographically dispersed engineering teams.
An evaluation of approaches to modelling and simulating manufacturing systems
SUMMARY This paper presents an evaluation of the main established approaches to modelling and simulating manufacturing systems. These are the event, activity and process modelling methods, and the
Simulation integration in manufacturing system development: a study of Japanese industry
There is a large potential for increased use of advanced simulation techniques in Japanese manufacturing companies, mainly for two reasons: improved communication, reduced time‐to‐market and higher flexibility in volume and product‐mix.
Human performance modelling as an aid in the process of manufacturing system design: A pilot study
Manufacturing system design is an ongoing activity within industry. Modelling tools based on Discrete Event Simulation are often used by practitioners during this design cycle. However, such tools do
Evaluating and Selecting Simulation Software Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process
In order to be competitive and progress to a state of excellence in manufacture, companies are currently experiencing change. Decisions have to be made about the best way forward, and some insight
Humans: the missing link in manufacturing simulation?
Simulation of manufacturing systems
Introduction to Simulation Types of Simulation and the Flow of Time Stochastic Simulation Discrete Simulation A Job Shop Model with Material Handling Simulation Software - An Overview Flexible
Discrete-event simulation: from the pioneers to the present, what next?
The progress of simulation from its early days is charted with a particular focus on recent history, and the desirability of continuing to follow developments in computing, without significant developments in the wider methodology of simulation, is questioned.