Simulation Analysis of Flexible Manufacturing Systems Using RENSAM

  • Jorge Haddock
  • Young Chul Kim
Part of the Microprocessor-Based Systems Engineering book series (ISCA, volume 6)


Simulation has become the most widely used computer based performance evaluation tool for FMS design and analysis due to the complexity of the interaction of the dynamic components in these systems. Simulation models can incorporate a great level of detail and capture the time dynamic behavior of these systems. RENSAM (Rensselaer’s Simulator for Automated Manufacturing) is a generic simulation model that takes advantage of the underlying structure of manufacturing systems. RENSAM is an adaptive system’ in that it consists of a generic GPSS simulation model which provides a high level of flexibility in modeling a wide spectrum of FMS configurations. This paper presents a description of RENSAM system and its capabilities as an analysis tool are illustrated by means of a case study.

This project has been partially funded by Alcoa, GE, GM, Kodak, RCA and New York State Center for Advanced Technology.


Order Quantity Flexible Manufacturing System Coordinate Measuring Machine Part Type Material Handling System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Haddock
    • 1
  • Young Chul Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems and Center for Manufacturing ProductivityRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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