Date of Award

7-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

ElMaraghy, Hoda

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Important objectives and challenges in today’s manufacturing environment include the introduction of new products and the designing and developing of reconfigurable manufacturing systems. The objective of this research is to investigate and support the reconfigurability of a manufacturing system in terms of scalability by applying a discrete-event simulation modelling technique integrated with flexible capacity control functions and communication rules for re-scaling process. Moreover, the possible extension of integrating the discrete-event simulation with an agent-based model is presented as a framework. The benefits of this framework are collaborative decision making using agents for flexible reaction to system changes and system performance improvement. AnyLogic multi-method simulation modelling platform is utilized to design and create different simulation modelling scenarios. The developed capacity planning simulation model results are demonstrated in terms of a case study using the configurable assembly Learning Factory (iFactory) in the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) Center at the University of Windsor. The main benefit of developed capacity planning simulation in comparison to traditional discrete-event simulation is, with a single simulation run, the recommended capacity for manufacturing system will be determined instead of running several discrete-event simulation models to find the needed capacity.

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