Modeling and simulation for customer driven manufacturing system design and operations planning

Juhani Heilala, A. Salmela, Jari Montonen, P. Järvenpää

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Agility, speed and flexibility in production networks are required in today's global competition in the flat world. The accuracy of order date delivery promises is a key element in customer satisfaction. Agile production needs a management and evaluation tool for production changes. Discrete event simulation, DES, has mainly been used as a production system analysis tool, to evaluate new production system concepts, layout and control logic. DES can be used for operational planning as well, as shown in the paper. The simulation analysis gives a forecast of the future with given input values, thus production managers have time to react to potential problems and evaluate alternatives. A balance between multiple parallel customer orders and finite resources can be found. The authors are developing a system design evaluation method and also a decision support system for production managers. Two case studies with different approaches are described in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2007
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-1305-8, 978-1-4244-1306-5
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2007 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 200712 Dec 2007


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference, WSC 2007
Abbreviated titleWSC 2007
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

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