Title: Manufacturing network simulation using a data-driven model

Authors: Mohand Essaid; Frédéric Grimaud; Patrick Burlat

Addresses: Division of Industrial and Computer Sciences, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne 158, Cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint-Étienne cedex 2, France. ' Division of Industrial and Computer Sciences, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne 158, Cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint-Étienne cedex 2, France. ' Division of Industrial and Computer Sciences, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne 158, Cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint-Étienne cedex 2, France

Abstract: The globalisation of markets and worldwide competition forces manufacturing enterprises to enter into alliances, leading to the creation of distributed manufacturing enterprises. Before forming a partnership, it is essential to evaluate the viability of a proposed manufacturing network. This paper presents a generic simulation model that attempts to create reusable enterprises modules for evaluating supply-chain performance. The simulation is developed using ARENA software coupled with a spreadsheet configuration tool. The latter constitute a manufacturing library from which various configurations of supply chain can be implemented and simulated.

Keywords: manufacturing networks; simulation; enterprise effectiveness; reusable modules; supply chain performance; supply chain management; SCM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPM.2011.044771

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2011 Vol.6 No.3, pp.228 - 237

Available online: 05 Jan 2012 *

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