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Title: Using manufacturing simulators to evaluate important processing decisions in the furniture and cabinet industries
Author: Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Araman, Philip A.
Source: Proceedings, CIFAC '94, The Second International Symposium on Computers in Furniture and Cabinet Manufacturing. pp. 59-66.
Description: We've been telling the wood industry about our process simulation modeling research and development work for several years. We've demonstrated our crosscut-first and rip-first rough mill simulation and animation models. Weâve advised companies on how they could use simulation modeling to help make critically important, pending decisions related to mill layout, lumber inputs, technology adoption, scheduling, etc. And weâve heard the excitement of industry personnel turn into frustration when they learn that this valuable tool called simulation will cost more than they want to spend, will require time to learn to use, and may require even an experienced programmer several days to several weeks to adapt to a new problem. We are taking steps to remove these implementation barriers. We are converting our existing rough mill models to generic and flexible models that can be quickly adapted to simulate a wide variety of industrial processing alternatives. We will launch the rough mill manufacturing simulation program with the help of the Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technology Center by mid-1995.
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Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Araman, Philip A. 1995. Using manufacturing simulators to evaluate important processing decisions in the furniture and cabinet industries. Proceedings, CIFAC ''94, The Second International Symposium on Computers in Furniture and Cabinet Manufacturing. pp. 59-66.
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