Manufacturing Systems are processing systems in which raw materials are transformed into finished products through a series of operations performed at workstations. In the rush to get new manufacturing systems onlibe, engineers and planners often become over preoccupied with the process, equipment and methods without fully considering overall coordination, integration and scheduling issues.
To achieve optimum performance in a manufacturing system, it is important to make intelligent design and management decisions. Simulation has proven to be the most effective tool in help to sort through the complex issues surrounding manufacturing decisions. As companies move towards greater integration and implementation of total manufacturing resource planning systems, simulation is an essential tool to effectively plan and control resources. Simulation helps evaluate the performance of alternative designs and the effectiveness of alternative production plans. The potential benefits of simulation in designing and managing manutacturing systems are many and encompass not only a broad spectrum of applications but also span a wide range of planning horizons.