Simulation of a closed-loops assembly line

L. P. Ferreira, E. Ares, G. Peláez, A. Resano, C. J. Luis, B. Tjahjono

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The aim of the work presented in this paper describes the development of a decision support system based on a discrete-event simulation model of an automobile assembly line. The model focuses at a very specific class of production lines with a four closed-loop network configuration. One key characteristic in the closed-loop system is that the number of pallets inside the first three loops has been made constant. The impact of the number of pallets circulating on the first three closed-loops and of the proportion of four-door car bodies on the performance of the production line has been thoroughly investigated. This has been translated into the number of cars produced per hour, in order to improve the availability of the entire manufacturing system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Manufacturing Systems
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783037853580
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event4th Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference, MESIC 2011 - Cadiz, Spain
Duration: 21 Sept 201123 Sept 2011
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
ISSN (Print)1013-9826


Conference4th Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference, MESIC 2011


  • Closed-loops
  • Production lines
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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