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A Course In Manufacturing Systems With Simulation

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Conference

2005 Annual Conference

Location

Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

Start Date

June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Manufacturing Laboratory Experience

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

10.30.1 - 10.30.10

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https://peer.asee.org/14958

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William Kline

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A Course in Manufacturing Systems with Simulation

William A. Kline

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

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The manufacturing sector plays a vital role in the national economy and the recent pressures of outsourcing and offshoring place a higher emphasis on excellence in manufacturing systems and manufacturing management to retain a competitive manufacturing sector in the United States. A course in manufacturing systems has been developed with the Factory Physics textbook and the Promodel simulation package.

The Factory Physics textbook presents a broad introduction to production processes with particular emphasis on batch process analysis and the role of variability on process performance. The book provides both philosophical perspectives of production principles and also fundamental analytical solutions for process performance parameters. As such, it provides a quantitative basis for discussion of strategies such as MRP, JIT, and lean manufacturing. In addition to textbook analytical solutions, the Promodel simulation package has been used in the class for students to build virtual simulation models of the production processes and verify their solutions. The combination of Factory Physics with Promodel provides an ideal learning environment for students by combining the textbook analysis with the hands-on experience of building and simulating the production system in Promodel. Students both build their own simulation solutions to problems as well as experiment with models provided by the instructor. Preliminary assessment data shows that students respond favorably to the combined textbook and simulation approach.

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The manufacturing sector plays a vital role in the national economy and the recent pressures of outsourcing and offshoring have placed the sector under enormous stress. Since July 2000, some 2.8 million jobs in manufacturing have been lost and manufacturing employment has been in overall decline from its peak in 197911. Despite the decline of the manufacturing sector since 2000, the manufacturing sector still accounts for 13.8% of GNP and 10.5% of employment in the United States6. These recent and continuing trends of the decline of manufacturing place a higher emphasis on excellence in manufacturing systems and manufacturing management to retain a competitive manufacturing sector in the United States. A course in manufacturing systems has been developed with the Factory Physics textbook and the Promodel simulation package.

Many courses in manufacturing systems narrowly focus on metalworking and processing equipment. The Factory Physics textbook presents a broad introduction to production processes

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Kline, W. (2005, June), A Course In Manufacturing Systems With Simulation Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14958

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