Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering   »   2010 Vol.5, No.3



Title: A parametric approach to logistic control within manufacturing simulation


Author: Richard Farr, James Tannock, Torgny Almgren


Operations Management Division, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG8 1BB, UK.
Operations Management Division, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG8 1BB, UK.
Operations Planning and Logistics, Volvo Aero, Trollhättan 461 81, Sweden


Abstract: Effective logistic control can be a major factor in determining the competitiveness of a manufacturing operation. Successful strategies can increase productivity without requiring additional investment in personnel or machines, by targeting sources of waste such as when workpieces wait for production resources, and vice-versa. Simulation offers a way to investigate the performance of a manufacturing system under a variety of logistic control strategies, but the construction of factory models at the necessary level of detail is a time-consuming process that requires specialist skills. Using conventional simulation practices, the evaluation of each new logistic control strategy must be preceded by major modifications to a model. The authors describe a parametric approach to the representation of logistic concepts, reducing development effort by allowing a single model to be operated under a wide range of control methods. A case study is presented, detailing research undertaken at an aerospace manufacturing facility with the aim of reducing tied-up capital while maintaining or improving upon the proportion of on-time deliveries.


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.


DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2010.031963


Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2010 Vol.5, No.3, pp.313 - 326


Available online: 03 Mar 2010



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