Simulation of flexible manufacturing systems

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In this note we first discuss the role of computer simulation in flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) design. In using computer simulation to evaluate alternative FMS performance, we find it useful to distinguish two levels of system definition, namely: macro- and micro-level for gross and detailed simulation results, respectively. Finally, we report on the development of a microcomputer-based simulator aimed at providing industrial designers with a rapid and cost-effective aid for FMS design and appraisal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • batch manufacturing
  • discrete simulation
  • FMS
  • numerical control tools
  • queuing
  • steady-state measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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