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Simulation Model for Evaluating Scenarios in Painting Tasks Scheduling in the Automotive Industry

Luis Altamirano and Idalia Flores

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


The aim of this paper is to show some of the benefits of using simulation for analyzing manufacturing processes, particularly those related to tasks scheduling in a paint plant in the automotive industry. Compared with traditional optimization techniques, simulation can provide better information about a manufacturing process because a discrete event simulation model can capture both, the variability and interdependencies of system elements. We can identify four levels of planning activities: 1. Aggregate Sales and Operations Planning, 2. Aggregate Operations Planning, 3. The master production Plan and,

4. Tasks Scheduling. Is in this fourth level that priority rules are used for sequencing the work. This paper shows a case study about the Paint Shop in Nissan Motor Iberia SA (NMISA). We built a model in Promodel 6.0 in order to experiment different priority rules to schedule the task of painting.

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