Fast Simulation Modelling to Check New Layout for Material Flows
Purpose: The purpose of this research is to find a method that enables fast testing of new intralogistics process concepts - delivery of parts to the assembly site under the conditions of variable factory layout. Design/Methodology/Approach: A new method of analyzing the intralogistics process under the conditions of layout change was proposed, using own, original idea of creating a flow model using the concept of a reference process. Findings: The result of this research is the methodology for analysing and modelling intralogistics processes fast. The methodology uses a mechanism for automatic generation of routes for logisticians – suppliers of parts containers for the assembly site. Practical Implications: This methodology has a practical goal – to reduce the time of simulation modeling. It is dedicated to production engineers and Lean specialists. Originality/Value: This methodology is original - it presents an approach based on the so-called Reference processes - does not multiply other methods described in the literature.