Industrial and Management Systems Engineering


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P. Savory and G.T. Mackulak (1997), “An Aggregation Procedure for Simulating Manufacturing Flow Line Models,” Computers and Operations Research, Volume 24, No. 11, pp. 1963-1073.


We develop a formal method for specifying an aggregate discrete-event simulation model of a production flow line manufacturing system. The methodology operates by aggregating production stations or resources of a flow line. Determining the specifications for representing the aggregated resources in a simulation model is the focus of our presentation. We test the methodology for a set of flow lines with exponentially distributed arrival and service times. Comparisons between analytical and simulation results indicate the aggregation approach is quite accurate for estimating average part cycle time.