Challenges of using discrete event simulation for facility planning in SMEs: a case study

R.W.C. Hughes, Rab Scott, K. Ridgway

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Abstract

The used of discrete event simulation (DES) for supporting facility planning has been widely published in literature. Nevertheless, there is an impression that simulation tools are only valuable for large companies because of the high amount of time, skill and cost involved during the modelling processes. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often view DES as a troublesome task for supporting their decision-making processes. The purpose of this paper is to report one of the case studies from the EU FP7 COPERNICO project. The case study includes the development of DES models for studying the facility layout planning. However, several challenges have been faced during the model development processes. This paper reviews the literature of the use of DES in manufacturing. Additionally, limitations for SMEs to apply DES in their decision-making process are also discussed. © 2012 EUROSIS-ETI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages269-273
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2012
Event26th European Simulation and Modelling Conference, ESM 2012 - Essen, Germany
Duration: 22 Oct 201224 Oct 2012

Conference

Conference26th European Simulation and Modelling Conference, ESM 2012
Abbreviated titleESM2012
CountryGermany
CityEssen
Period22/10/1224/10/12

Keywords

  • discrete event simulation
  • facility layout
  • strategic management
  • concrete pavements
  • decision making
  • modal analysis
  • plant layout
  • research
  • decision making process
  • facility planning
  • large companies
  • model development
  • modelling process
  • small and medium-sized enterprise
  • industry

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