Modelling, Simulation and Optimization of the Materials Flow of a Multi-product Assembling Plant

Wilson R. Nyemba, Charles Mbohwa

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Various dynamic factors impact the movement of materials within a manufacturing environment, increasingly becoming complex for multi-product assembling plants owing to the multiplicity and interconnectedness of these factors. Analyzing these factors can be equally complex, requiring modelling and simulation tools. This paper looks at the modelling and simulation of the materials flow of a multi-product furniture assembling plant to develop an efficient system that accomplishes timely product deliveries at minimal cost. Generic simulation models based on 2 products were developed and constructed using Arena® Simulation Software. Following the simulation experiments and implementation of the results, the average hourly throughput was significantly increased and additional space to store materials prior to processing at workstations was created. The generic models were compatible with the company's other products and hence useful for the company's production planning and scheduling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Arena
  • materials flow
  • modelling
  • optimisation
  • simulation
  • workstation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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