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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    Abstract

    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
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)685-712
    Number of pages28
    ISSN0920-6299
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

    Keywords

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

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