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SimBa: A Simulation and Balancing System for Manual Production Lines

  • Isabel C. Praça
  • Adriano S. Carvalho
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT)

Abstract

The balancing and the comparison between different solutions through the simulation of operation of man based production lines is an important tool to help to decide properly at the level of production planning. This tool becomes much more important in the planning of lines based on variable performance work stations, due to needs of learning, fast changes of operations, which cause frequent bottlenecks and difficulties in previewing the future performance of the production lines.

In the paper the authors analyse this problem and present a validated solution to perform the line balance and to provide a tool to simulate posterior production to help the production manager configure the line according to the objective of balancing it.

Keywords

flow lines balancing of manual flow lines simulation manufacturing systems 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel C. Praça
    • 1
  • Adriano S. Carvalho
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica — Grupo de Automação IndustrialFaculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do PortoPorto CodexPortugal

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