Application of FlexSim software for developing cyber learning factory for smart factory education and training

  • Jun Woo Kim
  • Jin Sung Park
  • Soo Kyun KimEmail author


Smart factory is a manufacturing facility equipped with modern information and communication technologies, and it is considered as an innovative manufacturing paradigm in the era of 4th industrial revolution. However, conventional technology-oriented smart factory education programs often focus on specific technologies, and many undergraduates and practitioners have trouble in understanding concepts, elements and features of entire smart factory system. In order to address this problem, this paper proposes a cyber learning factory for operations management-oriented smart factory education and training, developed by applying 3D factory simulation software, FlexSim. The cyber learning factory is implemented by incorporating three key components, information system, database and virtual manufacturing facility provided by 3D factory simulation software such as FlexSim. Since overall smart factory system can be virtually implemented in a single cyber space, the cyber learning factory can provide hands-on experiences for understanding, designing and optimizing smart factory. Consequently, the cyber learning factory can be used to train both operations managers of manufacturing companies and information systems architects of IT companies, and this paper will provide significant insights into the operations management-oriented smart factory education and training.


Smart factory; engineering education Manufacturing operations management FlexSim software Information system 



This research was supported by the KIAT(Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology) grant funded by the Korea Government(MOTIE: Ministry of Trade Industry and Energy). (No. N0002429).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Management Systems EngineeringDong-A UniversityBusanSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Game EngineeringPaichai UniversityDaejeonSouth Korea

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