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Adding Inventory / Supermarket into Plant Sim

How to add inventory between two processes in Plant Sim?

 

I want to simulate the impact of WIP before starting of the simulation in order to show the impact on line balancing.

 

Thank you.

 

I'm free for discussion.

 

 

3 REPLIES

Re: Adding Inventory / Supermarket into Plant Sim

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor
the easiest way is to use the Buffer block.

If you need more logic (not only FiFo or LiFo), you can use the store block. For the store you need to develop a logic for moving the MUs from the store to the next stations.
Steffen Bangsow
freelance simulation specialist  
web: www.bangsow.eu
mail: steffen@bangsow.net

Re: Adding Inventory / Supermarket into Plant Sim

 Steffen,

 

Please correct me if I'm wrong. With adding the buffer block we just temporally "store" the non used MUs by the succeeding process objects, right?

 

What I need is this buffer block to be loaded with predefined quantity of MUs, in order to simulate supermarkets in the shop floor. Can I do this with the buffer block?

 

 

Re: Adding Inventory / Supermarket into Plant Sim

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor
yes, the easiest way is to connect the buffer with a source (time of creation: number adjustable); of course you can also fill the buffer using SimTalk (e.g. create MUs on it)
Steffen Bangsow
freelance simulation specialist  
web: www.bangsow.eu
mail: steffen@bangsow.net