In this paper, we provide empirical evidence that shows the effect of the interaction between the production system (PS) and a looped conveyor-based material handling system (LCMHS) in a manufacturing facility. A rudimentary simulation model captures the interaction between the two systems. Varying several key factors, we test for a statistically significant difference in the work in process (WIP) of the production system with and without the LCMHS to find if the squared coefficient of variation (SCV) of the interarrival time distribution to the PS is affected. The results suggest the need to model the interaction between the two systems in order to obtain a more representative estimate of the WIP in a manufacturing facility.
Proceedings of the International Material Handling Research Colloquium
Lasrado, Vernet and Nazzal, Dima, "The Effect of Interaction Between the Production System (Ps) and a Looped Conveyor-based Material Handling System (Lcmhs) in a Manufacturing Facility" (2010). 11th IMHRC Proceedings (Milwaukee, Wisconsin. USA – 2010). 24.