A manufacturing systems modelling using system dynamics: forming a dedicated modelling tool

A. Oyarbide, T.S. Baines, J.M. Kay, J. Ladbrook

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Abstract

Discrete event simulation is a popular aid for manufacturing system design; however in application this technique can sometimes be unnecessarily complex. This paper is concerned with applying an alternative technique to manufacturing system design which may well provide an efficient form of rough-cut analysis. This technique is System Dynamics, and the work described in this paper has set about incorporating the principles of this technique into a computer based modelling tool that is tailored to manufacturing system design.

This paper is structured to first explore the principles of System Dynamics and how they differ from Discrete Event Simulation. The opportunity for System Dynamics is then explored, and this leads to defining the capabilities that a suitable tool would need. This specification is then transformed into a computer modelling tool, which is then assessed by applying this tool to model an engine production facility.




Read More: http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S0219686703000228
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-87
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • modelling
  • simulation
  • manufacture
  • system dynamics

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