Improving the performance of a manufacturing system: A practical case study

Khaled M Gad El Mola, Hamid Parsaei, Herman R. Leep

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Abstract

One of the largest application areas for simulation modeling is that of manufacturing systems. Manufacturing managers typically commission simulation case studies to support their decision-making processes. These studies are used to evaluate alternative solutions to manufacturing problems. This paper presents a case study carried out to describe how discrete event simulation could be used as a tool to improve the performance of an existing manufacturing system. A simulation model of the existing system was developed to ascertain its limitations and problems. The relevant operational performance measures (system time and machine utilization) were analyzed in order to allow for the proposal of a set of alternatives. Different alternatives were simulated and the results obtained were used to select the best alternative.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication37th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering 2007
Pages323-331
Number of pages9
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event37th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering 2007 - Alexandria, Egypt
Duration: 20 Oct 200723 Oct 2007

Other

Other37th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering 2007
CountryEgypt
CityAlexandria
Period20/10/0723/10/07

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Keywords

  • Discrete event simulation
  • Manufacturing system
  • Performance measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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El Mola, K. M. G., Parsaei, H., & Leep, H. R. (2007). Improving the performance of a manufacturing system: A practical case study. In 37th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering 2007 (Vol. 1, pp. 323-331)