An opportunity for system dynamics in manufacturing system modelling

Timothy Baines, D.K. Harrison

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Abstract

The computer simulation of manufacturing systems is commonly carried out using discrete event simulation (DES). Indeed, there appears to be a lack of applications of continuous simulation methods, particularly system dynamics (SD), despite evidence that this technique is suitable for industrial modelling. This paper investigates whether this is due to a decline in the general popularity of SD, or whether modelling of manufacturing systems represents a missed opportunity for SD. On this basis, the paper first gives a review of the concept of SD and fully describes the modelling technique. Following on, a survey of the published applications of SD in the 1990s is made by developing and using a structured classification approach. From this review, observations are made about the application of the SD method and opportunities for future research are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-552
Number of pages11
JournalProduction Planning and Control
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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Dynamical systems
Discrete event simulation
System modeling
Manufacturing systems
System dynamics
Computer simulation
Modeling

Bibliographical note

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Baines, T., & Harrison, D. K. (1999). An opportunity for system dynamics in manufacturing system modelling. Production planning and control, 10(6), 542-552. Production planning and control 1999 © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/095372899232830

Keywords

  • application
  • systems
  • classification
  • modelling

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In: Production Planning and Control, Vol. 10, No. 6, 1999, p. 542-552.

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