Title: Simulating the integration of original equipment manufacturers and suppliers in fractal environment
Authors: Sameh M. Saad; Julian C. Aririguzo
Addresses: Department of Engineering and Mathematics, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, Furnival Building, Sheffield S1 2NU, UK ' Department of Engineering and Mathematics, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University, Furnival Building, Sheffield S1 2NU, UK
Abstract: The Fractal Manufacturing Partnership (FMP) is a new manufacturing strategy, whereby Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) go into close relationship with their key suppliers and the latter become assemblers of their modular components with heightened sense of responsibility while sharing and co-owning the OEMs' facility. The key objective of this relationship is to maximise the ability to respond swiftly and robustly to changes in the environment. In this paper, the integration of OEM and key suppliers is modelled and simulated to articulate key factors that are critical in this partnership and quantifying and harnessing the direct benefits of this new approach.
Keywords: original equipment manufacturers; OEMs; fractal manufacturing partnerships; simulation; supplier integration; manufacturing strategy; modular components; key suppliers; modelling.
International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling, 2012 Vol.7 No.3, pp.148 - 158
Received: 20 Jan 2010
Accepted: 30 Jan 2011
Published online: 15 Nov 2014 *