Simulation modeling of tool delivery system in a machining line

Benny Tjahjono, John Ladbrook

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This paper describes an industrial project aiming to enhance the existing simulation modeling suites used at a car engine factory in the UK. The company continues to enhance its simulation modeling capabilities towards so called the 'total plant modeling' which not only covers the production facilities but also key ancillary facilities. Tool delivery is one such ancillary process. The existing modeling practices at the company are limited to modeling tool changes and assume that tools meet their expected life and the replacement is always available. In reality, the tools are not always reaching the expected life, the facilities in the tool crib are a limiting resource and the tool inventory has to be minimized. The tool delivery system developed in this project has specific features that model how the tool crib operates, how tools are supplied to the machining lines and various operating strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2011
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4577-2109-0, 978-1-4577-2106-9, 978-1-4577-2107-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-2108-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2011 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 11 Dec 201114 Dec 2011


Conference2011 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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