Utilizing discrete event simulation to support conceptual development of production systems
Paper in proceedings, 2019

Discrete Event Simulation (DES) is a well-reputed tool for analyzing production systems. However, the development of new production system concepts introduces challenges from uncertainties, frequent concept changes, and limited input data. This paper investigates how DES should be applied in this context and proposes an adapted simulation project methodology that sets out to deal with the identified challenges. Key adaptations include parallel and iterative methodology steps, and close involvement of the simulation team in the development of the new concept. The proposed methodology has been applied and evaluated in an industrial case study during the development of a new production system concept. The findings show that the methodology can reduce the impact of the identified challenges and provide valuable feedback which contributes to the development of both the simulation model and the production system concept. Further, an evaluation of investments in new technology can be better facilitated.

Simulation

production

production development

manufacturing

Author

Hannes Andreasson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

John Weman

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Daniel Nåfors

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Jonatan Berglund

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Karl Lihnell

Powercell

Thomas Lydhig

Semcon

Proceedings - Winter Simulation Conference

08917736 (ISSN)

Vol. 2019 2073-2084 9004943

2019 Winter Simulation Conference
Washington D.C., USA,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1109/WSC40007.2019.9004943

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