NIST logo

Publication Citation: PUSH-BUTTON DISCRETE EVENT SIMULATION FOR ANALYSIS OF FACTORY FLOOR OPERATIONS

NIST Authors in Bold

Author(s): John L. Michaloski; Byeong Eon Lee; Frederick M. Proctor; Sid Venkatesh; Nils Bengtsson; Anders Skoogh; Benjamin Raverdy;
Title: PUSH-BUTTON DISCRETE EVENT SIMULATION FOR ANALYSIS OF FACTORY FLOOR OPERATIONS
Published: November 18, 2010
Abstract: In manufacturing, Discrete Event Simulation (DES) can be effectively used to model production and provide sustainability analysis of equipment and system operation by measuring throughput, capacity, and bottlenecks. DES allows analysis under different scenarios and conditions that can then be used to forecast more optimal system performance. For discrete parts production, DES is rarely used because of the difficulty in attaining timely and accurate statistical modeling of the equipment and process operation. In this paper we look at the use of the plant floor interoperability standard, MTConnect, as a means to improve the access to machine tool data. Given data access, we develop a Finite State Model in order to streamline Machine Tool and DES integration. A case study of a prototype Capacity Planning system using DES as a modeling back-end will be described to help in understanding resource allocation of shop floor machines to a batch of aerospace parts. Direct machine tool statistical parameterization into a Web-based DES leads to "Push-button" automated simulations.
Proceedings: Proceedings of ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition
Pages: 7 pp.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, -1
Dates: November 12-18, 2010
Keywords: manufacturing; integration; discrete event simulation; Finite State Machine; production; sustainability
Research Areas: Simulation, Manufacturing
PDF version: PDF Document Click here to retrieve PDF version of paper (2MB)