Case Study Week: Day Two

FlexSim Case Study Week

Automating the Development of Shipyard Manufacturing Models

On day two of Case Study Week, we look at “Automating the Development of Shipyard Manufacturing Models”, a paper by Gabriel A. Burnett, Daniel A. Finke, Dr. D.J. Medeiros, and Dr. Mark T. Traband, all of Pennsylvania State University.

The paper can be viewed at this location.

In this study, FlexSim was used one of the software products used to develop a framework for rapidly generating discrete event simulation models, specifically for use in a small shipyard environment.

The researchers created a custom graphical user interface (GUI) in FlexSim to allow the user to interact with the model, and used Excel spreadsheet files to transport information from Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software to FlexSim. The custom GUI allows the user to import data and generate the model, and also to generate reports.

Brief Author Biographies (from the text)

Mr. Burnett is a Research Assistant at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Penn State University. He holds an M.S.I.E. & O.R. from Penn State and a B.S.I.E. from Arizona State. His recent work has focused on the use of simulation and
optimization to support process improvements in the ship-building industry.

Mr. Finke is an Associate Research Engineer at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory. He holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. He has been a primary team member on several simulation and modeling projects supporting process improvements in the shipbuilding industry. His current research interests include simulation based optimization and scheduling, resource allocation optimization and decision support.

Dr. Medeiros is Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S.I.E from Purdue University and a B.S.I.E. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has served as track coordinator, Proceedings Editor, and Program Chair for WSC. Her research interests include manufacturing systems control, healthcare process modeling, and CAD/CAM.

Dr. Traband has been employed as a Research Associate at the Applied Research Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University since 1990. He is currently the head of the Manufacturing Systems Division. Dr. Traband
received a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1985. He was selected as an Office of Naval Research Graduate Fellow in 1985. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1987 and 1995.

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