InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
 
Article TitleIndustrial Perceptions of Manufacturing Operations Simulation
Primary AuthorAnthony Soroka, Cardiff University
Other Author(s) Alastair Bennett; Paul Prickett; Michael Higgins
Pages 256 - 267
Article ID sdm14-070
Publication Date 01-May-16
AbstractThis paper presents the results of a study conducted within a major automotive company regarding the perceptions of the application of discrete event simulation to manufacturing and assembly operations. The study questioned engineers responsible for running production lines, developers who produce simulations of those lines and factories and academics involved in manufacturing and simulation research. The results show that simulation is widely viewed as a useful tool within the production environment, but there are differences in perspective between, engineers, simulation developers and academic researchers. Generally the engineers tended to show a lack of awareness regarding the effort required to develop a simulation and of what can be produced. It was also found that any lack of production knowledge and/or flaws in data input to models can negatively impact the modelís accuracy and reduce the engineersí trust in results. Based on discussions with the parties involved recommendations are made to rectify the situation through improving communications and encourage engineers to work in partnership with simulation team.
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