Optimization of Production Flow in a Manufacturing Company through Simulation Technique

Fabio De Felice and Antonella Petrillo


Modelling, simulation, optimization, production flow


On-time delivery is the most critical issue for every profitable manufacturing enterprise. Meeting delivery requirements demands excellent production planning. The aim of the present paper is to show the results of a study realized at the manufacturing company in order to optimize the production flow and the productivity of the standard line of the TVs. TV is a very large consumer product and subject to rapid obsolescence. Besides, it has a strong “customization” (about 300 different units) due to two causes: 1) a strategic one, linked to the personalization of the TV as a result of a multiplicity of models required by the customers; 2) a technological one, linked, on the contrary, to the customers’ heterogeneity themselves. Through techniques of simulation we have reduced the work in process and the dimension of the final storehouse with the introduction of a buffer opportunely dimensioned.

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