A computer integrated unified modelling approach to responsive manufacturing

Tariq Masood, Richard Weston, Aysin Rahimifard

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Computer modelling approaches have significant potential to enable decision-making about various aspects of responsive manufacturing. In order to understand the system prior to the selection of any responsiveness strategy, multiple process segments of organisations need to be modelled. The article presents a novel systematic approach for creating coherent sets of unified enterprise, simulation and other supporting models that collectively facilitate responsiveness. In this approach, enterprise models are used to explicitly define relatively enduring relationships between (i) production planning and control (PPC) processes, that implement a particular strategy and (ii) process-oriented elements of production systems, that are work loaded by the PPC processes. Coherent simulation models, can in part be derived from the enterprise models, so that they computer execute production system behaviours. In this way, time-based performance outcomes can be simulated; so that the impacts of alternative PPC strategies on the planning and controlling historical or forecasted patterns of workflow, through (current and possible future) production system models, can be analysed. The article describes the unified modelling approach conceived and its application in a furniture industry case study small and medium enterprise (SME).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-312
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2010


  • computer integrated modelling
  • enterprise modelling
  • ODC
  • organisation design and change
  • PPC
  • production planning and control
  • responsive manufacturing
  • simulation modelling
  • unified modelling


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