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Sanjay Jain, David Lechevalier


Development of manufacturing simulation models usually requires experts with knowledge of multiple areas including manufacturing, modeling, and simulation software. The expertise requirements increase for virtual factory models that include representation of manufacturing at multiple resolution levels. This paper reports on an effort to automatically generate virtual factory models using manufacturing configuration data in a standard format as the primary input. The execution of the virtual factory generates time series data in standard formats mimicking a real factory. Steps are described for auto-generation of model components in a software environment primarily oriented for model development via graphic user interface. Advantages and limitations of the approach and the software environment used are discussed. The paper concludes with discussion of challenges in verification and validation of the virtual factory prototype model with its multiple hierarchical models and future directions.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference
Conference Dates
December 11-14, 2016
Conference Location
Washington, DC, US
Conference Title
2016 Winter Simulation Conference


hybrid simulation, multi-resolution modeling, model generation, machine shop


Jain, S. and Lechevalier, D. (2016), STANDARDS BASED GENERATION OF A VIRTUAL FACTORY MODEL, Proceedings of the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC, US, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created December 11, 2016, Updated April 6, 2022