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Supply chain and hybrid simulation in the hierarchical enterprise

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For this research, a hybrid discrete–continuous simulation model of the supply chain of the manufacturing enterprise was built. This model consists of an overall system dynamics (SD) model of the manufacturing enterprise and connected to it are a number of discrete event simulations for selected operational and tactical functions. SD modelling best fits the macroscopic nature of activities at the higher management levels while the discrete models best fit the microscopic nature of the operational and tactical levels in the supply chain. In addition, the impact of the decisions at the operational elements (e.g. factories/production lines) is analysed at the management level.
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Keywords: discrete event simulation; hybrid simulation; supply chain; system dynamics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA 2: Industrial Engineering, University of La Sabana, Chía, Colombia 3: Mechanical Engineering, Benha University, Benha, Egypt 4: Systems Integration Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Publication date: May 4, 2015

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