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  • 1.
    De Vin, Leo
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Ng, Amos
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Jägstam, Mats
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    King, P. D.
    Ballester, E.
    Fuentes, P.
    MMII: Engineering studies with a truly European dimension2006In: Innovative teaching and learning in engineering education: Valencia Global Conference, 2006, p. 99-106Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper describes a new engineering Master's program called MMII (manufacturing management and industrial informatics) that is co-located at universities in Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom. One reason for developing the program was that the changing manufacturing landscape due to globalisation, increasing complexity of manufacturing systems itself and an increased need to integrate manufacturing systems with corporate information systems forces educators to find solutions that provide industry with engineers who have the right skills. Apart from “hard” skills related to the above-mentioned issues, industry increasingly also requires engineers to have well-developed “soft” skills such as an ability to work in an international environment and willingness to work abroad. A program given at only one location would not provide a truly European dimension and besides, it would draw heavily upon the teaching resources; hence the decision to seek international partners with complementing competences and resources; these were found at universities in Skövde, Valencia and Loughborough. In Loughborough, students read capita selecta from CAE (computer aided engineering) during one semester. In Valencia, they spend a project-based semester on international industrial management. In Skövde, they read virtual manufacturing during one semester and carry out their degree project during the final semester.

  • 2.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of EngineeringJönköping University, Sweden.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of EngineeringJönköping University, Sweden.
    Improving the Material Flow of a Manufacturing Company via Lean, Simulation and Optimization2017In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM2017, IEEE, 2017, p. 1245-1250Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Companies are continuously working towards system and process improvement to remain competitive in aglobal market. There are different methods that support companies in the achievement of that goal. This paper presents an innovative process that combines lean, simulation and optimization to improve the material flow of a manufacturing company. A description of each step of the process details the lean tools and principles taken into account, as well as the results achieved by the application of simulation and optimization.The project resulted in an improved layout and material flow that employs an automated guided vehicle. In addition, lean wastes related to transport, inventory levels as well as waiting times were reduced. The utilization of the process that combines lean, simulation and optimization was considered valuable for the success of the project.

  • 3.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Jägstam, Mats
    Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Lean, Simulation and Optimization: A maturity model2017In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM2017, IEEE, 2017, p. 1310-1315Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents a maturity model that can be applied to support organizations in identifying their current state and guiding their further development with regard to lean, simulation and optimization. The paper identifies and describes different maturity levels and offers guidelines that explain how organizations can grow from lower to higher levels of maturity. In addition, it attempts to provide the starting point for organizations that have applied lean or are willing to implement it and which may also be considering taking decisions in a more efficient way via simulation and optimization.

  • 4.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    How can decision makers be supported in the improvement of an emergency department?: A simulation, optimization and data mining approach2017In: Operations Research for Health Care, ISSN 2211-6923, E-ISSN 2211-6931, Vol. 15, p. 102-122Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The improvement of emergency department processes involves the need to take into considerationmultiple variables and objectives in a highly dynamic and unpredictable environment, which makes thedecision-making task extremely challenging. The use of different methodologies and tools to support thedecision-making process is therefore a key issue. This article presents a novel approach in healthcarein which Discrete Event Simulation, Simulation-Based Multi-Objective Optimization and Data Miningtechniques are used in combination. This methodology has been applied for a system improvementanalysis in a Swedish emergency department. As a result of the project, the decision makers were providedwith a range of nearly optimal solutions and design rules which reduce considerably the length of stayand waiting times for emergency department patients. These solutions include the optimal number ofresources and the required level of improvement in key processes. The article presents and discussesthe benefits achieved by applying this methodology, which has proven to be remarkably valuable fordecision-making support, with regard to complex healthcare system design and improvement.

  • 5.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    System design and improvement of an emergency department using Simulation-Based Multi-Objective Optimization2015In: Journal of Physics, Conference Series, ISSN 1742-6588, E-ISSN 1742-6596, Vol. 616, no 1, article id 012015Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Discrete Event Simulation (DES) is nowadays widely used to support decision makers in system analysis and improvement. However, the use of simulation for improving stochastic logistic processes is not common among healthcare providers. The process of improving healthcare systems involves the necessity to deal with trade-off optimal solutions that take into consideration a multiple number of variables and objectives. Complementing DES with Multi-Objective Optimization (SMO) creates a superior base for finding these solutions and in consequence, facilitates the decision-making process. This paper presents how SMO has been applied for system improvement analysis in a Swedish Emergency Department (ED). A significant number of input variables, constraints and objectives were considered when defining the optimization problem. As a result of the project, the decision makers were provided with a range of optimal solutions which reduces considerably the length of stay and waiting times for the ED patients. SMO has proved to be an appropriate technique to support healthcare system design and improvement processes. A key factor for the success of this project has been the involvement and engagement of the stakeholders during the whole process.

  • 6.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Karlberg, Catarina
    Monitoring and Analysis Area, Health Department of Västra Götaland, Skövde, Sweden.
    Wallqvist, Pierre
    Monitoring and Analysis Area, Health Department of Västra Götaland, Skövde, Sweden.
    Improved system design of an emergency department through simulation-based multiobjective-optimization2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Healthcare facilities, and especially emergency departments (ED), are usually characterized by its complexity due to the variability and stochastic nature of the processes involved in the system. The combination of different flows of patients, staff and resources also increments the complexity of this kind of facilities. In order to increase its efficiency, many researchers have proposed discrete-event simulation (DES) as a powerful improvement tool. However, DES can be a limited approach in the case a simulation model has too many combinations of input parameters, complex correlations between the input and output parameters and different objective functions. Hence, to find the best configuration of a complex system, an approach combining DES and meta-heuristic optimization becomes an even more powerful improvement technique. Simulation-based multiobjective-optimization (SMO) is a promising approach to generate multiple trade-off solutions particularly when multiple conflicting objectives exist within a complex system. The generated solutions provide decision makers with feasible and optimal alternatives to improve, modify or design healthcare systems. The aim of this paper is to present the work done at the ED of the regional Hospital of Skövde in Sweden, where SMO implemented in modeFromtier has been successfully applied. The result and methodology present a successful approach for decision makers in healthcare systems to reduce the waiting time of patients saving considerable time, money and resources.

  • 7.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Jägstam, Mats
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Allert, Anna-Lena
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Tööj, Lars
    Industrial Development Center West Sweden AB.
    Karlsson, Mattias
    Industrial Development Center West Sweden AB.
    An Innovative Collaboration Between Industry, University and Nonprofit Agency, for a Competitive Industry: A Swedish case2011In: ICERI 2001: 4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation: Conference proceedings / [ed] I. Candel Torres, L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, International Association of Technology, Education and Development, IATED , 2011, p. 4154-4162Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In a knowledge based economy, manufacturing industry has to continuously improve their operations, processes and develop their employees in order to remain competitive in the market.

    In this context, the collaboration between industry and universities becomes of vital importance. Universities and industry have traditionally maintained fairly informal or lose ways of cooperation when it comes to education. This article presents a fruitful cooperation which has been established between the University of Skövde, the Industrial Development Center in the region, IDC West Sweden AB, and the manufacturing industry.

    The paper describes the development, lessons learned and the outcome of more than 3 years’ experience of close collaboration between the different stakeholders. It presents a methodology, used by the consortium to help manufacturing industries to improve their competiveness using a well defined process including: a company analysis, applied education and long-term coaching. A special focus is put on a long-term commitment by all partners. This alliance has performed more than 140 company analysis, conducted applied education for more than 2500 employees from more than 120 companies and performed coaching of more than 80 companies on site. The trend is that these figures will increase over time.

    The established collaboration has been strengthened over this period of time by a number of shared research projects. One of these projects involves an evaluation of the impact that this presented consortium has had on the region´s industry. Lean Learning Academies is another project that has been funded by the European Union within the Lifelong Learning Program, with the aim to increase the competitiveness of European companies and enhance the employability of students.

  • 8.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Oscarsson, Jan
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Lean, Simulation and Optimization: A Win-Win combination2016In: Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference / [ed] L. Yilmaz, W. K. V. Chan, I. Moon, T. M. K. Roeder, C. Macal, and M. D. Rossetti, Piscataway, New Jersey: IEEE Computer Society, 2016, p. 2227-2238Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lean and simulation analysis are driven by the same objective, how to better design and improve processes making the companies more competitive. The adoption of lean has been widely spread in companies from public to private sectors and simulation is nowadays becoming more and more popular. Several authors have pointed out the benefits of combining simulation and lean, however, they are still rarely used together in practice. Optimization as an additional technique to this combination is even a more powerful approach especially when designing and improving complex processes with multiple conflicting objectives. This paper presents the mutual benefits that are gained when combining lean, simulation and optimization and how they overcome each other´s limitations. A framework including the three concepts, some of the barriers for its implementation and a real-world industrial example are also described.

  • 9.
    Liu, Yu
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Syberfeldt, Anna
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Jägstam, Mats
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Jenny, Everbring
    Volvo Group, Advanced Technology & Research, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Kloo, Henrik
    Volvo Group, Advanced Technology & Research, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Evaluating environmental impacts of production process by simulation based life cycle assessment2016In: Proceedings of the 7th Swedish Production Symposium, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Historically, the manufacturing industry is one of the main contributors to the environmental issues. With conservation of the environment becoming more and more critical for survival, it is of importance for the manufacturing industry to take responsibility for minimizing their productions’ environmental impacts. Life cycle assessment has been widely used in the product’s development phase within the manufacturing industry. However, the environmental impacts that come from various dynamic manufacturing processes are only estimated with large uncertainty. Some studies have suggested that the combination of life cycle assessment and production flow simulation is an appropriate approach to address the environmental impacts from the manufacturing processes. Nevertheless, these studies are often limiting their concerns to the limited life cycle phases or certain environmental impacts. This study proposes a framework regarding how to develop a method for evaluating and identifying improvements that help reduce the life-cycle environmental impacts of complex production processes. In addition, this work employs a simplified case study to demonstrate the proposed framework. 

  • 10.
    Ng, Amos
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Bernedixen, Jacob
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Jägstam, Mats
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Factory flow design and analysis using internet-enabled simulation-based optimization and automatic model generation2011In: Proceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference / [ed] S. Jain, R. Creasey & J. Himmelspach, IEEE conference proceedings, 2011, p. 2176-2188Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite simulation offers tremendous promise for designing and analyzing complex production systems, manufacturing industry has been less successful in using it as a decision support tool, especially in the early conceptual phase of factory flow design. If simulation is used today for system design, it is more often used in later phases when important design decisions have already been made and costs are locked. With an aim to advocate the use of simulation in early phases of factory design and analysis, this paper introduces FACTS Analyzer, a toolset developed based on the concept of integrating model abstraction, automatic model generation and simulation-based optimization under an innovative Internet-based platform. Specifically, it addresses a novel model aggregation and generation method, which when combined together with other system components, like optimization engines, can synthetically enable simulation to become much easier to use and speed up the time-consuming model building, experimentation and optimization processes, in order to support optimal decision making.

  • 11. Ng, Amos H. C.
    et al.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    Svensson, Jacob
    Multi-Objective Simulation Optimization for Production Systems Design using FACTS Analyser2008In: Proceedings of the 2nd Swedish Production Symposium, 2008, p. 101-109Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper proposes a new general method for supporting production systems design within the context of Multi-objective Simulation Optimisation. Under this framework, different Production Control Mechanisms can be compared based on their optimal settings, which will be illustrated with a pedagogical simple flow line as well as an engines assembly line in automotive industry. Results from these case studies have provided significant insight into the importance of applying MOSO for Multi-Criteria Decision Making in general production systems design. At the same time, it also outlines the concept of applying significant dominance to handle uncertainty from stochastic simulation output, which has been implemented into a Web-based DES system called FACTS Analyser, specifically designed for conceptual factory design, analysis and optimisation.

  • 12.
    Ng, Amos
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Persson, Jacob
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Introducing Simulation-based Optimization for Production Systems Design to Industry: the FACTS Game2008In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing: FAIM 2008, June 30th – July 2nd, 2008 University of Skövde, Sweden, Skövde: University of Skövde , 2008, p. 1359-1372Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Ng, Amos
    et al.
    University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Jägstam, Mats
    University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Svensson, Jacob
    University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    An Internet-Enabled Tool for Multi-Objective Simulation Optimization2009In: OPTIMA 2009: VIII Congreso Chileno de Investigacion Operativa, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Ng, Amos
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Svensson, Jacob
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Skoogh, Anders
    Chalmers tekniska högskola, Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem.
    Johansson, Björn
    Chalmers tekniska högskola, Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem.
    FACTS Analyser: An innovative tool for factory conceptual design using simulation2007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite simulation possesses an established background and offers tremendous promise for designing and analysing complex production systems, manufacturing industry has been less successful in using it as a decision support tool, especially in the early conceptual phase of factory design. If simulation is used today for system design, it is more often used in later phases when important design decisions have already been made and costs are locked. With an aim to advocate the use of simulation in early phases of factory design, this paper introduces FACTS Analyser, a toolset developed based on the concept of integrating model abstraction, input data management and simulation-based optimisation under an innovative framework. Specifically, it addresses a novel aggregation method, which is based on Effective Processing Time, for modelling variability of workstations. Other features like simulation model generation, parallel simulation, optimisation and output data analysis that are provided by FACTS Analyser, through a Web Services interface, are also revealed. The aggregation method, when combined together with other system components, can synthetically enable simulation to become easier to use and speed up the time-consuming model building and experimentation process, which are required in conceptual design phases of production systems. Initial validation results applied to a trucks assembly plant is also given.

  • 15.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Syberfeldt, Anna
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    The Internet of Things, Factory of Things and Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing: Current and Future Implementations2017In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXI: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Incorporating the 32nd National Conference on Manufacturing Research, September 5–7, 2017, University of Greenwich, UK / [ed] James Gao, Mohammed El Souri, Simeon Keates, IOS Press, 2017, p. 221-226Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the currently rapidly changing industrialized world, globalization,product customization and automation are playing an imposing role in thedevelopment of the manufacturing sector. Nowadays, the innovative concepts ofThe Internet of Things, Factory of Things and Industry 4.0 are aimed torevolutionize the way technology can help improve production around the world.While in some international corporations these concepts are being deeply studiedand are starting to be implemented, also in middle-size and large manufacturers itis clear they could contribute with many advantages; however, skepticism anduncertainty are still present among managers and stakeholders. In this paper, thecurrent and coming state-of-the-art technology and implementation of the Factoryof Things paradigm are presented and examples of the current implementation inglobal manufacturing companies are analyzed. Additionally, this article willdiscuss the potential implementation of this Industry 4.0 in a large manufacturer,and how it can help increase the control and efficiency of production, materialflows, internal logistics and production planning.

  • 16.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Syberfeldt, Anna
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Integrating Simulation-Based Optimization, Lean, and the Concepts of Industry 4.02017In: Proceedings of the 2017 Winter Simulation Conference / [ed] W. K. V. Chan, A. D'Ambrogio, G. Zacharewicz, N. Mustafee, G. Wainer, E. Page, 2017, p. 3828-3839Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, due to the need of innovation and adaptation for the mass production of customized goods,many industries are struggling to compete with the manufacturing sector emerging in different countriesaround the world. The understanding and implementation of different improvement techniques isnecessary in order to take part in the so-called fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0. This paperinvestigates how two well-known improvement approaches, namely lean and simulation-basedoptimization, can be combined with the concepts of Industry 4.0 to improve efficiency and avoid movingproduction to other countries. Going through an industrial case study, the paper discusses how such acombination could be carried out and how the different strengths of the three approaches can be utilizedtogether. The case study focuses on how the efficiency of a production site can be increased and howIndustry 4.0 can support the improvement of the internal logistics on the shop floor.

  • 17.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Syberfeldt, Anna
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    A simulation-based multi-objective optimization approach for production and logistics considering the production layout2016In: Proceedings of the 7th Swedish Production Symposium, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Manufacturing sectors in Sweden have a long tradition and represent a significant share of the national gross domestic product and the export values. Most of the Swedish manufacturing companies have gone through a modernization and adaptation process in order to be able to compete on a globalized market. Many plants, however, still have non-optimized shop floors as a consequence of the shop floors being adapted over time without redesigning its production and logistics flows and with a lack of an overall strategy. To support the optimization of shop floors, this paper suggests the combined use of Discrete-Event Simulation and Simulation-Based Multi-objective Optimization. The aim of the paper is to analyze a simulation methodology that supports the optimization of shop floors by considering production and logistics flows along with the shop floor layout. The methodology is intended to contribute to significantly increase the productivity and efficiency of the Swedish manufacturing industry and help companies to survive on the globalized market. Through a case study, the paper shows that the proposed methodology is useful in practice and that it provides a decision support system for manufacturing companies.

  • 18.
    Ruiz Zúñiga, Enrique
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Syberfeldt, Anna
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Production Logistics Design and Development Support: A Simulation-Based Optimization Case Study (WIP)2016In: SummerSim'16, 2016 July 24-27, Palais des congres de Montreal (Montreal Convention Center) | Montreal, Quebec, Canada / [ed] Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), The Society for Modeling and Simulation International, 2016, p. 56:1-56:6, article id 56Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Manufacturing sectors in Sweden have a long history that leads to common non-optimized flows on the shop floor. Especially when having a really high product mix and a low-volume of customized products, a great deal of effort with respect to flow optimization is needed to stay present and compete in the globalized market. The goal of this project is to support the design and development of the implementation of new production systems and logistics flows considering the shop floor plant layout of a Swedish middle-size water pumps factory. In this paper, with the help of different types of simulation models and optimization, some results of a new technologically adapted production line are analyzed and relevant information and potential improvements in the production are found. The further development of optimization studies using the exiting simulation models is stated as ongoing and future work. The obtained and potential results can serve for decision makers and stakeholders to apply changes and adaptations in the system considering the mid and long term goals of the company.

  • 19.
    Skoogh, Anders
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    André, Jean-Patrick
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Dudas, Catarina
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Svensson, Jacob
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Johansson, Björn
    Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    An automated approach to input data management in discrete event simulation projects: A proof-of-concept demonstrator2007In: EUROSIM 2007, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite the fact that Discrete Event Simulation (DES) is claimed to be one of the most potent tools for analysis and optimization of production systems, industries worldwide have not been able to fully utilize its potential. One reason is argued to be that DES projects are not time efficient enough due to extensive time consumption during the input data phases. In some companies, input data is totally missing, but even in projects where data is available it usually takes a considerable amount of time to analyze and prepare it for use in a simulation model. This paper presents one approach to the problem by implementing a software that automates several steps in the input data process such as extracting data from a database, sorting out the information needed and fitting the data to statistical distributions. The approach and the software have been developed based on a case study at Volvo Trucks in Gothenburg, Sweden. The work presented in this paper is part of a more comprehensive project called FACTS. The project scope is to develop methods and IT-tools for conceptual plant development. 

  • 20.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Eriksson, Patric
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    De Vin, Leo
    Introducing discrete event simulation for decision support in the Swedish health care system2004Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Lezama, Thomas
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    De Vin, Leo
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Robust design of a Maternity ward supported by discrete event simulation: a case study2007In: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, FAIM 2007, 2007, p. 107-114Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Urenda Moris, Matias
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Svensson, Jacob
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Simplification and aggregation strategies applied for factory analysis in conceptual phase using simulation2008In: Proceedings of the 2008 Winter Simulation Conference, IEEE conference proceedings, 2008, p. 1913-1921Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
    Dealing with variability in the design, planning and evaluation of Healthcare inpatient units: a modelling methodology for patient dependency variations2010Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This research addresses the fluctuating demand and high variability in healthcare systems. These system’s variations need to be considered whilst at the same time making efficient use of the systems’ resources. Patient dependency fluctuation, which makes determining the level of adequate staffing highly complex, is among the variations addressed. Dealing with variability is found to be a key feature in the design, planning and evaluation of healthcare systems.

    Healthcare providers are facing increasing challenges resulting from an aging population, higher patient expectancies, a shortage of healthcare professionals, as well as increasing costs and reduced funding. Despite the accentuated need for effective healthcare systems and efficient use of resources, many healthcare organisations are inadequately designed and, moreover, poorly managed. Hospital systems consist of complex interrelations between relatively small units, each of which is sensitive to stochastic variations in demand. In addition to this aspect of the system view, a critical resource for the patients’ wellbeing and survival is the staffing level of nurses. This puts the planning and scheduling of human resources as one of the system’s foremost aims. Current tools for staffing and personnel planning in healthcare organisations do not take into consideration the workload variations that result from the variable nature of patient dependency levels.

    The work presents the empirical findings of a number of case studies conducted at a regional hospital in Sweden. Principles and practical suggestions for the robust system design of inpatient wards using Discrete Event Simulation (DES) have been identified. Although DES techniques have, in principle, all the features for modelling the variation and stochastic nature of systems, DES has not been previously used for workload studies of inpatient wards. The main contribution of this work is therefore how a combination of DES and the data of Patient Classification Systems (PCSs) can be used to model workload variations and, subsequently, plan the nurse staffing requirements in systems with high variability. The work presented gives step by step guidance in how the analysis and subsequent modelling of an inpatient ward should be carried out. It defines a novel modelling methodology for patient dependency variations and length of stay modelling of a patient’s dependency progression, including an adaptation to the ward’s discharge figures. The modelling approach opens a novel way of analysing and evaluating the system design of inpatient wards.

  • 24.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Bernedixen, Jacob
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Goienetxea, Ainhoa
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Diseño Y Análisis De Sistemas Productivos Utilizando La Optimización Mediante Simulación Basado En Internet2012In: Ingenieria Industrial, ISSN 0717-9103, E-ISSN 0718-8307, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 37-49Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Urenda Moris, Matías
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos H. C.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Bernedixen, Jacob
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Goienetxea Uriarte, Ainhoa
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Diseño Y Análisis De Sistemas Productivos Utilizando La Optimización Mediante Simulación Basado En Internet2011Conference paper (Refereed)
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