Application of a generic simulation model to optimize production and workforce planning at an automotive supplier

Thomas Felberbauer, Klaus Altendorfer, Daniel Gruber, Alexander Hübl

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Abstract

This paper presents a comprehensive simulation project in the area of an automotive supplier. The company produces car styling serial and original accessory parts made from plastic for internal and external applications in passenger cars. For the foaming division, which is identified as the bottleneck, different personnel and qualification scenarios, set-up optimizations and lot-sizing strategies are compared with the current situation. Key performance measures reported are inventory, tardiness and service level. The changes in organizational costs (e.g. employee training, additional employees, etc.), due to the scenarios, are not considered and are traded off with the logistical potential by the company itself. Results of the simulation study indicate that a combination of an additional fitter during night shift, minor reductions of set-up times and reduced lot-sizes leads to an inventory reduction of ∼10.6% and a service level improvement of ∼8% compared to the current situation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference - Simulation
Subtitle of host publicationMaking Decisions in a Complex World, WSC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc
Pages2689-2697
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479939503
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventWinter Simulation Conference - Washington DC, United States
Duration: 8 Dec 201311 Dec 2013
http://wintersim.org/

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference - Simulation: Making Decisions in a Complex World, WSC 2013

Conference

ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference
CountryUnited States
CityWashington DC
Period08.12.201311.12.2013
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