A parametric approach to logistic control within manufacturing simulation
by Richard Farr, James Tannock, Torgny Almgren
International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE), Vol. 5, No. 3, 2010

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.

Online publication date: Wed, 03-Mar-2010

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