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  • 1.
    Barrera Diaz, Carlos Alberto
    et al.
    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.
    Lidberg, Simon
    Volvo Car Corporation, Skövde, Sweden.
    Sellgren, Tommy
    Volvo Car Corporation, Skövde, Sweden.
    A Study of Discrete Event Simulation Project Data and Provenance Information Management in an Automotive Manufacturing Plant2017In: Proceedings of the 2017 Winter Simulation Conference / [ed] W. K. V. Chan, A. D’Ambrogio, G. Zacharewicz, N. Mustafee, G. Wainer, E. Page, IEEE, 2017, , p. 12p. 4012-4023Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Discrete Event Simulation (DES) project data management is a complex and important engineering activity which impacts on an organization’s efficiency. This efficiency could be decreased by the lack of provenance information or the unreliability of existing information regarding previous simulation projects, all of which complicates the reusability of the existing data. This study presents an analysis of the management of simulation projects and their provenance data, according to the different types of scenarios usually found at a manufacturing plant. A survey based on simulation projects at an automotive manufacturing plant was conducted, in order to categorize the information regarding the studied projects, map the available provenance data and standardize its management. This study also introduces an approach that demonstrates how a structured framework based on the specific data involved in the different types of scenarios could allow an improvement of the management of DES projects.

  • 2.
    Lidberg, Simon
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden.
    Aslam, Tehseen
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Pehrsson, Leif
    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.
    Evaluating the impact of changes on a global supply chain using an iterative approach in a proof-of-concept model2018In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXII: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, incorporating the 33rd National Conference on Manufacturing Research, September 11–13, 2018, University of Skövde, Sweden / [ed] Peter Thorvald, Keith Case, Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2018, p. 467-472Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Analyzing networks of supply-chains, where each chain is comprised of several actors with different purposes and performance measures, is a difficult task. There exists a large potential in optimizing supply-chains for many companies and therefore the supply-chain optimization problem is of great interest to study. To be able to optimize the supply-chain on a global scale, fast models are needed to reduce computational time. Previous research has been made into the aggregation of factories, but the technique has not been tested against supply-chain problems. When evaluating the configuration of factories and their inter-transportation on a global scale, new insights can be gained about which parameters are important and how the aggregation fits to a supply-chain problem. The paper presents an interactive proof-of-concept model enabling testing of supply chain concepts by users and decision makers.

  • 3.
    Lidberg, Simon
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Aslam, Tehseen
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Pehrsson, Leif
    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.
    Optimizing real-world factory flows using aggregated discrete event simulation modelling: Creating decision-support through simulation-based optimization and knowledge-extraction2019In: Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, ISSN 1936-6582, E-ISSN 1936-6590Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Reacting quickly to changing market demands and new variants by improving and adapting industrial systems is an important business advantage. Changes to systems are costly; especially when those systems are already in place. Resources invested should be targeted so that the results of the improvements are maximized. One method allowing this is the combination of discrete event simulation, aggregated models, multi-objective optimization, and data-mining shown in this article. A real-world optimization case study of an industrial problem is conducted resulting in lowering the storage levels, reducing lead time, and lowering batch sizes, showing the potential of optimizing on the factory level. Furthermore, a base for decision-support is presented, generating clusters from the optimization results. These clusters are then used as targets for a decision tree algorithm, creating rules for reaching different solutions for a decision-maker to choose from. Thereby allowing decisions to be driven by data, and not by intuition. 

  • 4.
    Lidberg, Simon
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. Volvo Car Corporation, Skövde, Sweden.
    Pehrsson, Leif
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Frantzén, Marcus
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Applying Aggregated Line Modeling Techniques to Optimize Real World Manufacturing Systems2018In: Procedia Manufacturing, E-ISSN 2351-9789, Vol. 25, p. 89-96Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The application of discrete event simulation methodology in the analysis of higher level manufacturing systems has been limited due to model complexity and the lack of aggregation techniques for manufacturing lines. Recent research has introduced new aggregation methods preparing for new approaches in the analysis of higher level manufacturing systems or networks. In this paper one of the new aggregated line modeling techniques is successfully applied on a real world manufacturing system, solving a real-world problem. The results demonstrate that the aggregation technique is adequate to be applied in plant wide models. Furthermore, in this particular case, there is a potential to reduce storage levels by over 25 %, through leveling the production flow, without compromising deliveries to customers.

  • 5.
    Lidberg, Simon
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Pehrsson, Leif
    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.
    Using Aggregated Discrete Event Simulation Models and Multi-Objective Optimization to Improve Real-World Factories2018In: Proceedings of the 2018 Winter Simulation Conference / [ed] M. Rabe, A. A. Juan, N. Mustafee, A. Skoogh, S. Jain, B. Johansson, IEEE, 2018, p. 2015-2024Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Improving production line performance and identifying bottlenecks using simulation-based optimization has been shown to be an effective approach. Nevertheless, for larger production systems which are consisted of multiple production lines, using simulation-based optimization can be too computationally expensive, due to the complexity of the models. Previous research has shown promising techniques for aggregating production line data into computationally efficient modules, which enables the simulation of higher-level systems, i.e., factories. This paper shows how a real-world factory flow can be optimized by applying the previously mentioned aggregation techniques in combination with multi-objective optimization using an experimental approach. The particular case studied in this paper reveals potential reductions of storage levels by over 30 %, lead time reductions by 67 %, and batch sizes reduced by more than 50 % while maintaining the delivery precision of the industrial system.

  • 6.
    Pehrsson, Leif
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre. Volvo Car Corporation, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Lidberg, Simon
    Volvo Car Corporation, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Frantzén, Marcus
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Aslam, Tehseen
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Ng, Amos
    University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Aggregated Discrete Event Modelling for Simulation and Optimisation of Manufacturing Systems2014In: Industrial Simulation Conference, Skövde, June 11-13, 2014, Eurosis, 2014, 2014, p. 83-90Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In many simulation studies for factory analysis, for example, to locate the constraint of an entire factory that consists of multiple production lines, it may not be effective to put every process detail into a single model. Firstly, to develop such a factory-wide model would be very time-consuming. Secondly, it can be very computational costly to run the model, especially if simulation-based optimisation is applied to find the optimal setting from such a complex model that possesses all the details of the processes. In this regard, aggregation, with which multiple process steps are aggregated into some simpler simulation objects, is an effective method to reduce both the development and computational times. On one hand, based on the initial analysis, the simulation expert can pinpoint the sub-system that restrains the performance of the entire factory and decide if a more detailed model is needed. On the other hand, interline buffers/storages can be readily optimised by using such an aggregated model. Through an application study with data from a real-world factory, this paper introduces a novel aggregation method and illustrates the potential of the abovesaid concepts.

  • 7.
    Syberfeldt, Anna
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society. University of Skövde, The Virtual Systems Research Centre.
    Lidberg, Simon
    Volvo Cars Engine, Skövde, Sweden.
    Real-world simulation-based manufacturing optimization using cuckoo search2012In: Proceedings of the 2012 Winter Simulaiton Conference, IEEE, 2012, article id 6465158Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper describes a case study of real-world simulation-based optimization of an engine manufacturing line. The optimization aims to maximize utilization of machines and at the same time minimize tied-up capital by manipulating 56 unique decision variables. A recently proposed metaheuristic algorithm that has achieved successful results in various problem domains called Cuckoo Search is used to perform the simulation-based optimization. To handle multiple objectives, an extension of the original Cuckoo Search algorithm based on the concept of Pareto optimality is proposed and used in the study. The performance of the algorithm is analyzed in comparison with the benchmark algorithm NSGA-II. Results show that the combinatorial nature of the optimization problem causes difficulties for the Cuckoo Search algorithm, and a further analysis indicates that the algorith might be best suited for contiunuous optimization problems.

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