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- PublicationMétadonnées seulementA hybrid analysis method for multi‐class queueing networks with multi‐server nodesThere is no doubt that Rapid Modeling based on queueing theory serves the purpose of understanding complex manufacturing systems. It enables managers to integrate operational performance measures when evaluating alternative process designs. This helps decision-makers to avoid the mistake of focusing mainly on short-term financial results instead of finding sustainable solutions. However, we are facing several limitations of state-of-the-art algorithms for queueing systems. In particular, the precision of the estimates of the performance measures vary under different conditions, and information about the distribution of the output variables is available only for a few special cases. In this paper, we propose a set of recursive equations to describe the behavior of multi-class, multi-server queueing systems: ∑ Gi/Gi/m. We will show the application to simulation and propose a hybrid decomposition method for queueing networks of ∑ Gi/Gi/m stations. The proposed method is intended to deliver better estimates of the performance measures than the available decomposition algorithms and, at the same time, to be faster and easier to implement than full simulation. We illustrate the performance of the hybrid solution by comparing the results of discrete event simulation with the results of a software package implementing the hybrid algorithm and software packages applying alternative algorithms.
- PublicationMétadonnées seulementQueuing networks modeling software for manufacturing
- PublicationMétadonnées seulementBatch Sizes Optimization by means of Queueing Network Decomposition and Genetic AlgorithmBatch sizes have a considerable impact on the performance of a manufacturing process. Determining optimal values for batch sizes helps to reduce inventories/costs and lead times. The deterministic nature of the available batch size optimisation models reduces the practical value of the obtained solutions. Other models focus only on critical parts of the system (e.g., the bottleneck). In this paper, we present an approach that overcomes important limitations of such simplified solutions. We describe a combination of queueing network analysis and a genetic algorithm that allows us to take into account the real characteristics of the system when benefiting from an efficient optimisation mechanism. We are able to demonstrate that the application of our approach on a real-sized problem with 49 products allows us to obtain a solution (values for batch sizes) with less than 4% relative deviation of the cycle time from the exact minimal value.
- PublicationMétadonnées seulementEvaluation of Financial Impacts of Lead Time Reduction
- PublicationMétadonnées seulementEvaluation of the Dynamic Impacts of Lead Time Reduction on Finance Based on Open Queueing Networks