Title: Simulation analysis of maintenance policies in a flow line production system

Authors: Felix T.S. Chan

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.

Abstract: The conventional production control, known as push system of production control, is one of the most common production control methods nowadays. However, in the real life environment, the performance of the push system is subjected to various factors including buffer size, inventory sorting rule, and process interruption due to planned preventive maintenance. These factors seriously affect the performance of push systems. In this paper, the results of a simulation analysis on maintenance policies in a push system are presented. The performance of the push system under different operational conditions and the effects of different maintenance policies are evaluated.

Keywords: maintenance policies; simulation; production flow line; system performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2001.000262

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2001 Vol.14 No.1/2/3, pp.78-86

Published online: 15 Jul 2003 *

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