THE lISE OF SIMULATION (N THE OPTIMIZATION OF:\ CELLULAR MANUFACTURING SYSTE:\'1

Abstract

In the evaluation of a cellular manufacturing system, multiple factors should be considered, including the flow of the parts and the assignment of the workers. Simulation techniques can be effectively used in order to understand and optimize the behavior of the system. 1n this paper, a work cell is evaluated by means of discrete simulation using SLAM II. An optimization method is presented to detennine the best alternative among proposed changes to the system. The structure of the approach allows the optimization to be perfonned with direction given by management. The results reveal that priority ranking of the parts, automated testing, and distributed job functions implemented together would produce the most significant improvement in the utilization ofthe team members

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