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  • SubGenre:Industrial Engineering
  • Language:English
  • Pages:492
  • Hardcover ISBN:9780983231974

Applied Simulation

Modeling and Analysis Using Flexsim

by Malcolm Beaverstock , Allen Greenwood and William Nordgren

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Simulation is an applied technology that adds no value if not used effectively. This book is all about applying simulation in manufacturing, mining, healthcare, transportation, retail, distribution, and more. While traditional simulation texts focus on simulation theory, this book achieves a balance between the important theory and practical issues that lead to simulation success. Written by authors who have in-depth knowledge of simulation and statistics theory as well as extensive experience in teaching and successfully applying simulation, it provides techniques and practical advice.

Applied Simulation: Modeling and Analysis using FlexSim covers topics not found in most other texts. It includes chapters on justifying, defining and managing simulation projects. Each exercise is based on actual experience from a wide variety of dynamic operations. The exercises pose unique problems to be solved using simulation as a tool. Also included are application techniques concerning how to manage and store simulation data, picking the correct length of time a simulation should be run, as well as control communications between simulated equipment. Simulating fluid flow, reliability involving competing failures, time schedules, and production scheduling are topics unique to this book. Review questions at the end of each chapter, simulation modeling activities, and educator support materials are reasons this book is being used for teaching simulation as an applied technology around the world. The ease-of-use and native 3D graphical environment of FlexSim means very little time needs to be spent addressing software details. The interest and focus is always on applying the technology. Applied Simulation: Modeling and Analysis using FlexSim enhances the traditional approach to simulation education and provides a truly fresh view to the professional practice of simulation.

About the author

After a 40 year career applying advanced control and simulation to industrial problems, Malcolm Beaverstock retired to join FlexSim. During his 13 years with General Mills, he developed and led their simulation program which was involved with more than 300 projects and resulted in significant savings attributed to the use of simulation. Malcolm holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and Labor Relations from MIT and a Doctorate from Cornell University in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science. He's the author of more than 200 papers on the application and use of advanced technologies.

Allen Greenwood is Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) and is currently Professor of Engineering Management at Poznan University of Technology (PUT) in Poland. Allen teaches systems simulation, logistics systems design, enterprise systems engineering, and project management. His research interests/expertise include the design and analysis of production and project systems; simulation modeling, analysis, and optimization; and the design and application of decision-support systems. Allen received his B.S.I.E, M.S.I.E, and Ph.D. (Management Science) degrees from North Carolina State University, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, respectively.

William (Bill) Nordgren is the President and CEO of FlexSim Software Products, Inc., and currently teaches the Manufacturing Simulation graduate course as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University. In 1988 he founded ProModel Corporation and was Vice President until he left in 1992. In 1993 Bill founded F&H Simulations, Inc. (now FlexSim Software Products, Inc.) and introduced Taylor II, Taylor ED, and FlexSim into the market. Bill has authored several papers dealing with simulation project management, queuing theory, and has taught hundreds of classes in the use of simulation software. He received a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and a Master of Science in CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) from Brigham Young University.