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Title: A computer integrated unified modelling approach to responsive manufacturing
Authors: Masood, Tariq
Weston, Richard H.
Rahimifard, Aysin
Keywords: Computer integrated modelling
Enterprise modelling
Organisation design and change
Production planning and control
Responsive manufacturing
Simulation modelling
Unified modelling
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Inderscience
Citation: MASOOD, T., WESTON, R.H. and RAHIMIFARD, A., 2010. A computer integrated unified modelling approach to responsive manufacturing. International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 5(3), pp. 287-312.
Abstract: Computer modelling approaches have significant potential to enable decision-making about various aspects of responsive manufacturing. In order to understand the system prior to the selection of any responsiveness strategy, multiple process segments of organisations need to be modelled. The article presents a novel systematic approach for creating coherent sets of unified enterprise, simulation and other supporting models that collectively facilitate responsiveness. In this approach, enterprise models are used to explicitly define relatively enduring relationships between (i) production planning and control (PPC) processes, that implement a particular strategy and (ii) process-oriented elements of production systems, that are work loaded by the PPC processes. Coherent simulation models, can in part be derived from the enterprise models, so that they computer execute production system behaviours. In this way, time-based performance outcomes can be simulated; so that the impacts of alternative PPC strategies on the planning and controlling historical or forecasted patterns of workflow, through (current and possible future) production system models, can be analysed. The article describes the unified modelling approach conceived and its application in a furniture industry case study small and medium enterprise (SME).
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2010.031962
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8659
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJISE.2010.031962
ISSN: 1748-5045
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