Title: Manufacturing-oriented simulation for production management

Authors: Shigeki Umeda

Addresses: Musashi University, IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory, Japan

Abstract: This paper proposes a new manufacturing-oriented simulation package for production management. The objective is to present a technical summary for the proposed simulation system. The distinctive characteristic of this system is its introduction of production-order methods into the simulation model. A case study describes the application of the system to an actual manufacturing line. The target manufacturing system is a typical multi-variate low-volume production system with a complex material flow. The simulation study ascertains its potential productivity, bottle-neck process analysis, optimal number of pallets, and other features. This information is extremely important in production management and affects both design and operation. Finally, a simulation strategy for production management in a CIM environment is discussed.

Keywords: descriptor-based modelling; logistics modelling; manufacturing industry; production management; simulation; material flow; CIM; computer-integrated manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.1992.025722

International Journal of Technology Management, 1992 Vol.7 No.4/5, pp.278 - 289

Published online: 24 May 2009 *

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