Improving the performance of a manufacturing system: A practical case study Conference Paper uri icon


  • One of the largest application areas for simulation modeling is that of manufacturing systems. Manufacturing managers typically commission simulation case studies to support their decision-making processes. These studies are used to evaluate alternative solutions to manufacturing problems. This paper presents a case study carried out to describe how discrete event simulation could be used as a tool to improve the performance of an existing manufacturing system. A simulation model of the existing system was developed to ascertain its limitations and problems. The relevant operational performance measures (system time and machine utilization) were analyzed in order to allow for the proposal of a set of alternatives. Different alternatives were simulated and the results obtained were used to select the best alternative.

published proceedings

  • 37th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering 2007

author list (cited authors)

  • El Mola, K., Parsaei, H. R., & Leep, H. R.

complete list of authors

  • El Mola, KMG||Parsaei, HR||Leep, HR

publication date

  • December 2007