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Resource Optimization on Flow Shop Scheduling for Industrial Case Using Simulation

Resource Optimization on Flow Shop Scheduling for Industrial Case Using Simulation
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Author(s): Ibrahim Al Kattan (American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates), Ahmed Al Nunu (American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) and Kassem Saleh (American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 3
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch146
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

The objective of this study is to use the simulation technique to help the decision maker to have all details about resource analysis and make scientific decision. Simulation helps to take right decisions at appropriate time of production by predicting the production bottlenecks, workin- process (WIP) inventory, resource utilization and feasible schedules. In addition, simulation offers flexibility in the production planning and scheduling and also offers many advantages like visualization of activities through dynamic graphs, plots, tables etc. Additions or modifications of resources could be incorporated and effect the production system which could be clearly observed through animation and graphics before introducing them in the real production system. In this study an industrial problem is addressed by analyzing the capacity of the resources, and the number of transporters and their speed. Necessary changes are made and simulation results are gathered and analyzed. This process is continued till the best results are achieved. Statistical analysis with simulation enhances the production manager to view in depth all scenarios of the operations and resource limitations and optimization.

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