Design of a PCB plant with expert system and simulation approach

Chan, Felix T. S. and Chan, H. K. (2005) Design of a PCB plant with expert system and simulation approach. Expert Systems with Applications, 28 (3). pp. 409-423. ISSN 0957-4174

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This paper presents a case study of using simulation in planning a new Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing system. The process simulation technique and expert system are proposed to evaluate the design alternatives and logistics management. Simulation results, such as machine utilisation, waiting time, and throughput of system are generated for evaluation. Simulation models were developed using software package SIMPROCESS, which is based on the concept of visual interactive simulation. Besides, the formation of the models is assisted by the expert system package VP-EXPERT. Each approach was found to accurately model the PCB manufacturing plant layout, provide operational and logistics performance in terms of throughput, waiting time, and resource utilisation, and provide a basis for suggesting the best modes of logistics operation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Innovation, Technology and Operations Management
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2005
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2023 17:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2004.12.002

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