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Modelling an assembly process using a close coupled generative cost model and a discrete event simulation

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Static system modelling for a manufacturing organisation does not closely reflect the manufacturing process. A dynamic model more closely simulates the processes involved, and can provide a richer model. This also applies to cost modelling, where some operational details are assumed or obtained from other systems. In order to provide a holistic modelling system, an experimental system has been built closely to couple a generative cost modelling system and a discrete event simulation system. This paper describes the system, its advantages and shortcomings, and the results obtained for the planning of an assembly process.
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Keywords: assembly process planning; data exchange; discrete event simulation; generative cost model; resource description framework (rdf); shared ontology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Computational Engineering and Design Research Group, School of Engineering Sciences, Highfield, Southampton, UK 2: Bristol Institute of Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK 3: Design and Manufacturing Research Group, School of Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 4: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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