Panel discussion: Business processes for applying de simulation effectively in manufacturing companies

Onur Ulgen, Scott J. Bury, Roberto Lu, Ed Williams, Demet Wood
2010 Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference  
A panel of simulation managers from manufacturing companies discuss the following six topics: (1) How are managers responsible for manufacturing best persuaded to try simulation? (2) How can capturing the benefits of simulation best be made a regular process? What are the roles of model databases and reuse, input databases, standardization, change management, simulation project management, and training in such a process? (3) What other areas should one consider in addition to the ones listed in
more » ... the ones listed in item 2 above in such a process? (4) Where should the Simulation Services Department reside in the organizational structure of a manufacturing company? Should it be centralized or decentralized? (5) How can simulation XVDJH ³WKH ILUVW SURMHFW´ EHVW EH XQGHUWDNHQ WR EH D VXFFHVV" +RZ FDQ PRPHQWXP EHVW EH PDLntained after simulation usage is accepted? Q1: How managers responsible for manufacturing are best persuaded to try simulation? Ed Williams: 7KH SURYHUELDO KDUGHVW SDUW ³JHWWLQJ WKH ILUVW ROLYH RXW RI WKH ERWWOH´ LV WKH YHU\ ILUVW VXccessful project. At Ford, we achieved that because plant X fortuitously had a manager who was well acquainted with simulation both via university education and his previous industry experience at another company. Using that successful project as a shoehorn, three Ford technology support engineers in manu-1767 978-1-4244-9864-2/10/$26.00 ©2010 IEEE
doi:10.1109/wsc.2010.5678894 dblp:conf/wsc/UlgenBLWW10 fatcat:ah2br5u5abhodkxhtt7rwfofbm