Modeling customized product configuration in large assembly manufacturing with supply-chain considerations

Roberto F. Lu, Thomas D. Petersen, Richard L. Storch

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    Dynamic variability in low-volume and highly customized products of a large assembly manufacturing system with an integrated supply chain has been very challenging to capture. Design and product configurations most likely impact outcomes of such broad variability. This article presents a framework to encompass this completely integrated system for using discrete event simulation as a modeling method. The system modeling framework addresses factors including customized configuration attributes and individual customer-preferred considerations for customized configurations. The framework is intended to aid decision-making concerning cost and schedule impacts associated with customization options chosen throughout the supply chain. A real-world example drawn from aerospace is included to demonstrate and validate the operational capability of the proposed framework.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)685-712
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


    • Aerospace
    • Discrete event simulation modeling
    • Framework
    • Mass-customization
    • MCM
    • Supply chain


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