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Simulation on Cooperative Changeover of Production Team Using Hybrid Modeling Method

Donlinks School of Economics and Management, University of Science and Technology Beijing, 100083 Beijing, China
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Algorithms 2019, 12(10), 204; https://doi.org/10.3390/a12100204
Received: 5 September 2019 / Revised: 20 September 2019 / Accepted: 23 September 2019 / Published: 24 September 2019
In the multi-variety and small-quantity manufacturing environment, changeover operation occurs frequently, and cooperative changeover method is often used as a way to shorten the changeover time and balance the workload. However, more workers and tasks will be affected by cooperative changeover. As such, the effectiveness of the cooperative changeover is dependent on other factors, such as the scope of cooperation and the proportion of newly introduced products. For this reason, this paper proposes a hybrid modeling method to support the simulation study of the production team's cooperative changeover strategies under various environments. Firstly, a hybrid simulation modeling method consisting of multi-agent systems and discrete events is introduced. Secondly, according to the scope of cooperation, this paper puts forward four kinds of cooperative changeover strategies. This paper also describes the cooperative line-changing behavior of operators. Finally, based on the changeover strategies, the proposed simulation method is applied to a production cell. Four production scenarios are considered according to the proportion of newly introduced part. The performance of various cooperative strategies in different production scenarios is simulated, and the statistical test results show that the optimal or satisfactory strategy can be determined in each production scenario. Additionally, the effectiveness and practicability of the proposed modeling method are verified. View Full-Text
Keywords: hybrid modeling method; cooperative changeover; simulation; new products introduction hybrid modeling method; cooperative changeover; simulation; new products introduction
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Zhang, X.; Wang, Y.; Xu, B. Simulation on Cooperative Changeover of Production Team Using Hybrid Modeling Method. Algorithms 2019, 12, 204.

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