Manufacturing Cell Machine/Manning Performance Simulation by Using CAPS/ECSL

  • B. J. Clarke
  • P. F. Kelly


A logical sequential approach that illustrates the formulation of a model to represent the workings of a multimanned machine cell, is followed by several computer-simulation runs to emulate and predict cell behaviour. The language used is the extended control and simulation language (ECSL) assisted by the computer-aided programming system (CAPS) which generates the ECSL program. The model formulation and computer involvement is illustrated step-by-step through the user/computer interface section, so as to give an indication of the input procedures required. The cell under study comprises five existing fully working grinding machines and is subjected to changes in terms of cell manning levels. Output data are obtained to indicate the number of activity start-ups and utilization rates throughout the simulation time period. The specific requirements appertaining to the company whose cell has been analysed are discussed and the methodologies required when performing simulation exercises such as these indicated.


Simulation Duration Operator Utilization Simulation Language Machine Line Simulation Time Period 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. J. Clarke
    • 1
  • P. F. Kelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Production EngineeringHuddersfield PolytechnicQueensgate, HuddersfieldUK

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