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17 Simulation Modeling

Welcome to Lesson 17 on the subject of Simulation Modeling. Understanding and anticipating the performance of a Mixed Model line, at the design stage and before you physically build it, is no easy task. There are many interrelated factors that come into play: variable work content, variable product mix, a high degree of optionality, variable customer demand, and just normal human variability.

Fortunately there are software tools available to help you to test your line design and make improvements to it before you physically put it into place, when changes become much more expensive.

Here’s what we will cover in this lesson on Simulation Modeling:

1. Defining Simulation Modeling and Benefits. You need to know, if you don’t already, what simulation modeling is, and why it is important.
2. What data to collect to build an accurate Simulation Model. The good news is that you have already collect most of it!
3. Recorded examples of a simulation model. You’ll have a chance to see a model in action, to give you a better idea of what is involved.