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Humans: the missing link in manufacturing simulation? Tim Baines a

Summary: Humans: the missing link in manufacturing simulation?
Tim Baines a
,*, Stephen Mason a
, Peer-Olaf Siebers a
John Ladbrook b
School of Industrial and Manufacturing Science, Cranfield University,
Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Ford Motor Company, Dunton SS15 6EE, UK
Computer based discrete event simulation (DES) is one of the most commonly used aids for the design of
automotive manufacturing systems. However, DES tools represent machines in extensive detail, while only
representing workers as simple resources. This presents a problem when modelling systems with a highly
manual work content, such as an assembly line. This paper describes research at Cranfield University, in
collaboration with the Ford Motor Company, founded on the assumption that human variation is the cause
of a large percentage of the disparity between simulation predictions and real world performance. The
research aims to improve the accuracy and reliability of simulation prediction by including models of
human factors.


Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences