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Future Flamco : a scenario-based simulation approach for smart intralogistics

Wisselink, W.J. (2018) Future Flamco : a scenario-based simulation approach for smart intralogistics.

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Abstract:Aalberts Hydronic Flow Control is the part of Aalberts Industries that provides customers with solutions for their boiler room - the place responsible for the heating and/or cooling of a building. As today the heating of buildings mainly happens through closed systems containing (warm) water, there is a need to control the pressure in such systems. That is where Flamco comes in, delivering the expansion vessels to do so. In Bunschoten, The Netherlands, stands a Flamco factory that produces these expansion vessels and other boiler room equipment – mainly make-to-stock. Considering the fact that, as a starter, every Dutch household needs an expansion vessel and only 24 fit on one Euro pallet, the total transportation workload is considerable. Not only on the roads outside, but also inside the factory (i.e., intralogistics). As Flamco did not know what the magnitude and performance of their intralogistics was, this became the main problem to solve in our research. In addition, not only water expands, Flamco grows as well. To cope with the increasing customer demand, Flamco wants to expand their production capacity. However, at the current production location in Bunschoten, there is no room to expand. As a result, a new facility will be built in greenfield. Evidently, there is a need for decision support here, especially when it comes to layout planning and dimensioning of the new facility. Hence, providing insight into what can be expected in terms of intralogistics when production lines start working more shifts, a new production line is added, or supply of materials is done less in advance, is important. In line with the concepts of Smart Industry, discrete-event simulation was chosen as a method to fill up the gap in (performance) data on intralogistics. An extensive simulation model was created in Siemens Plant Simulation, taking up almost half our research time and enabling the simulation of the current situation as well as a foreseeable future situation, with numerous model parameters to vary. In order to validate the production system, we simulated the exact production planning of 2017 and compared the weekly production output with the production output that was realised in 2017. By conducting experiments and analysing the results, we provided insight in various aspects of the intralogistics, e.g., transportation workloads, space requirements, and vehicle related issues like fleetsize, resource pooling and prioritisation of transportation tasks.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Flamco, Bunschoten-Spakenburg, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works, 31 mathematics, 50 technical science in general, 52 mechanical engineering, 55 traffic technology, transport technology, 83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management MSc (60029)
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