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A modular hybrid simulation framework for complex manufacturing system design

Farsi, M., Erkoyuncu, J. A., Steenstra, D. & Roy, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5491-7437 (2019). A modular hybrid simulation framework for complex manufacturing system design. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 94, pp. 14-30. doi: 10.1016/j.simpat.2019.02.002


For complex manufacturing systems, the current hybrid Agent-Based Modelling and Discrete Event Simulation (ABM–DES) frameworks are limited to component and system levels of representation and present a degree of static complexity to study optimal resource planning. To address these limitations, a modular hybrid simulation framework for complex manufacturing system design is presented. A manufacturing system with highly regulated and manual handling processes, composed of multiple repeating modules, is considered. In this framework, the concept of modular hybrid ABM–DES technique is introduced to demonstrate a novel simulation method using a dynamic system of parallel multi-agent discrete events. In this context, to create a modular model, the stochastic finite dynamical system is extended to allow the description of discrete event states inside the agent for manufacturing repeating modules (meso level). Moreover, dynamic complexity regarding uncertain processing time and resources is considered. This framework guides the user step-by-step through the system design and modular hybrid model. A real case study in the cell and gene therapy industry is conducted to test the validity of the framework. The simulation results are compared against the data from the studied case; excellent agreement with 1.038% error margin is found in terms of the company performance. The optimal resource planning and the uncertainty of the processing time for manufacturing phases (exo level), in the presence of dynamic complexity is calculated.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Elsevier 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Complex manufacturing, Modular hybrid simulation, Multi-agent system, Resource planning, Agent-based modeling
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology
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