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Volume 312, 20209th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management (EPPM2018)
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||Integration of Engineering Management and Production Management|
|Published online||03 April 2020|
Modelling and Simulation of a Shearcut Process Flow at a Steel Processing Company
University of Johannesburg, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology, Corner Siemert and Beit Streets, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Modelling and simulation of industrial systems have become a conventional method for productivity improvement through optimizing design, operation, performance and troubleshooting. This paper analyses the current Shearcut process flow through modelling and simulation. A case study research was undertaken at a steel processing company that transform steel coils into sheets, plates, slits, tubes, blanks and various roofing products. Two models were created using Arena software. The models were a representation of the process flow found in the Shearcut warehouse. The first model was developed from data obtained from production records and time studies that were carried out on some of the operations. Bottleneck stations and non-value adding operations were identified. The second model was created with some improvements that included reduced non-value adding times. Results from the second model had an improved output. This paper contributes to the use of computer simulation as a tool to improve productivity.
Key words: arena / modelling / productivity / simulation
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