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Stress Testing a Supply Chain Using Simulation



Sanjay Jain, Swee K. Leong


Simulation provides the capability to evaluate performance of a system operating under current or proposed configura-tions, policies and procedures. It is very applicable to evaluation of strategic and operational level plans for sup-ply chains. It is especially useful for exploring the viabil-ity of a supply chain before beginning production. This paper describes the use of simulation for determining the readiness of a supply chain designed by a small company for providing sub-systems to a defense contractor. The supply chain had to be stress tested at surge and mobiliza-tion volume levels to meet the requirements. Simulation provided the ideal methodology to identify and demon-strate the behavior of the supply chain under stress and evaluate strategies to meet the defined volumes. It was used to prove the readiness of the supply chain reducing perceived risks in using the virtual operation.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference
Conference Location


inventory, simulation, supply chain, surge mobilization


Jain, S. and Leong, S. (2005), Stress Testing a Supply Chain Using Simulation, Proceedings of the 2005 Winter Simulation Conference, , USA, [online], (Accessed July 23, 2024)


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Created July 31, 2005, Updated October 12, 2021