A simulation case study of production planning and control in printed wiring board manufacturing

H. M E Korhonen, Jussi Heikkilä, Jon M. Törnwall

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Production planning and control in printed wiring board (PWB) manufacturing is becoming more difficult as PWB's technology is developing and the production routings become more complex. Simultaneously, the strategic importance of delivery accuracy, short delivery times, and production flexibility is increasing with the highly fluctuating demand and short product life cycles of end products. New principles, that minimize throughput time while guaranteering excellent customer service and adequate capacity utilization, are needed for production planning and control. Simulation is needed in order to develop the new principles and test their superiority. This paper presents an ongoing simulation product that aims at developing the production planning and control of a PWB manufacturer. In the project, a discrete event simulation model is built of a pilot case factory. The model is used for comparing the effect of scheduling, queuing rules, buffer policies, and lot sizes on customer service and cost efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)844-847
Number of pages4
JournalWinter Simulation Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Publication typeNot Eligible
EventProceedings of the 2001 Winter Simulation Conference - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 200112 Dec 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation

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