The performance of direct workers has a significant impact on the competitiveness of many manufacturing systems. Unfortunately, system designers are ill equipped to assess this impact during the design process. An opportunity exists to assist designers by expanding the capabilities of popular simulation modelling tools, and using them as a vehicle to better consider human factors during the process of system design manufacture. To support this requirement, this paper reports on an extensive review of literature that develops a theoretical framework, which summarizes the principal factors and relationships that such a modelling tool should incorporate.
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Baines, T, Asch, R, Hadfield, L, Mason, JP & Fletcher, S, 'Towards a theoretical framework for human performance modelling within manufacturing systems design' Simulation modelling practice and theory, vol. 13, no. 6 (2005) DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.simpat.2005.01.003