Using ProModel as a simulation tools to assist plant layout design and planning: Case study plastic packaging factory

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Pochamarn Tearwattanarattikal ; Suwadee Namphacharoen ; Chonthicha Chamrasporn (2008)
  • Publisher: Prince of Songkla University
  • Journal: Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology (SJST) (issn: 0125-3395)
  • Subject: Simulation | utilization | capacity constraints | Technology | T | Technology (General) | T1-995 | Science | Q | Science (General) | Q1-390

This study is about the application of a Simulation Model to assist decision making on expanding capacity and plant layout design and planning. The plant layout design concept is performed first to create the physical layouts then the simulation model used to test the capability of plant to meet various demand forecast scena. The study employed ProModel package as a tool, using the model to compare the performances in term of % utilization, characteristics of WIP and ability to meet due date. The verification and validation stages were perform before running the scenarios. The model runs daily production and then the capacity constraint resources defined by % utilization. The expanding capacity policy can be extra shift-working hours or increasing the number of machines. After expanding capacity solutions are found, the physical layout is selected based on the criterion of space available for WIP and easy flow of material.
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