Computer simulation is effective in improving the effi-ciency of manufacturing system design, operation, and maintenance. Most simulation models are usually tailored to address a narrow set of industrial issues, e.g., the intro-duction of a new product. If generic data-driven simulations could be developed they would be reusable for wider application including interoperability testing of stan-dards for exchange of data across the supply chain in manufacturing. To facilitate future interoperability testing and training, scientists at the National Institute of Stan-dards and Technology are currently developing distributed, integrated manufacturing simulations for automotive manufacturing. These simulations are being developed at four different levels: the supply chain, the assembly plant, the engineering systems, and the shop floor level. This pa-per describes the development of a simulation model of the final assembly plant. Future efforts will increase the versa-tility of the model, run it on neutral data and extend integration with supply chain simulation.
Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 2007 Winter Simulation Conference
Conference Dates: December 11-13, 2007
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Pub Type: Conferences
automotive manufacturing, interoperability, neutral data, simulation, supply chain integration, virtual manufacturing