Case Study Week: Day Three
Simulation-based Validation of Lean Plant Configurations
Day three of Case Study Week brings us a paper by Robert Baxter, Trevor Bouk, Dr. Laszlo Tikasz, and Robert I. McCulloch, courtesy of the Bechtel Corporation. Their study, titled “Simulation-based Validation of Lean Plant Configurations”, was published in the Bechtel Technology Journal (December 2009, Volume 2, Number 1).
The paper can be viewed at this location.
The researchers sought to use simulation software to validate the capability of their lean plant configuration. They identified and optimized several key elements of the plant, including storage space, equipment usage, and inventory levels.
The authors conclude that “the result is a safer, leaner (particularly in terms of eliminating waste), more efficient plant for storing and handling carbon anodes.”
Brief Author Biographies (from the text)
Mr. Baxter is a technology manager and technical specialist in Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Aluminium Centre of Excellence in Montreal, Canada. He holds an MAppSc in Management of Technology from the University of Waterloo and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lakehead University, both in Ontario, Canada, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in that province.
Mr. Bouk is a technical specialist in Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Aluminium Centre of Excellence in Montreal, Canada, with 17 years of experience in the mining and metals industry. He has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in that province.
Dr. Tikasz is the senior specialist for Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Aluminium Centre of Excellence in Montreal, Canada. He has 29 years of experience in advanced aluminum process modeling and is an expert on aluminum production and transformation, process modeling, and simulation. Dr. Tikasz holds a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Miskolc, Hungary. His Doctor of Technology in Process Control and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering and Science Teaching are from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.
Mr. McCulloch is manager of Bechtel’s Mining & Metals Aluminium Centre of Excellence in Montreal, Canada. He has global responsibility for aluminum smelter technology projects and studies, including reduction
technology, carbon plants, casting facilities, and related infrastructure or systems. Bob holds a BEng in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.