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Journal of applied research and technology

versión On-line ISSN 2448-6736versión impresa ISSN 1665-6423

J. appl. res. technol vol.7 no.2 México ago. 2009

 

Developing a Conceptual Framework for Simulation Analysis in a Supply Chain Based on Common Platform (SCBCP)

 

M. Fathollah1, F. Taham*2, A. Ashouri3

 

1,2 Industrial Engineering Department, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran.

3 Industrial Engineering Department, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran *farzam@ind.iust.ac.ir

 

ABSTRACT

As a competitive advantage in modern organizations, product diversification may cause complexities in today's extended supply chains. However, the Common Platform (CP) Strategy, as a concept of gaining maximum variety by minimum production elements, is believed to be one of the answers to eliminate or decrease these complexities. The main purpose of this paper is to provide a simulation framework for modeling the supply network of a case study in automotive industry in order to study the impacts of part commonality through the chain. The electrical wiring harness is selected as the main part to be studied according to essentiality and challenges of its procurement for the production of cars (as occurred in this case and many other studies). The paper does not provide the simulation results but it rather builds up the required foundation and gathers the relevant content to develop a realistic simulation model by closely studying the impacts of part multiplicity on different functional areas of the selected supply network and extracting the critical success factors of applying part commonality.

Keywords: Supply Chain Management, Common Platform, Part Commonality, Simulation Framework, Conceptual Modeling.

 

RESUMEN

Como ventaja competitiva en las organizaciones modernas, la diversificación de productos puede causar complejidades en las cadenas de suministro extendidas actuales. Sin embargo, se cree que la Estrategia de Plataforma Común (PC), como concepto relacionado con obtener máxima variedad con un mínimo de elementos de producción, es una de las respuestas para eliminar o disminuir estas complejidades. El objetivo principal de este trabajo es proporcionar un marco de simulación para modelar la red de suministro de un caso de estudio en la industria automotriz con el fin de estudiar los efectos de la estandarización de componentes a través de la cadena. Se ha elegido el arnés del cableado eléctrico como la parte principal a estudiarse por su esencialidad y desafíos que plantea su adquisición para la producción de automóviles (como ocurrió en este caso y en muchos otros estudios). El presente trabajo no proporciona los resultados de la simulación sino que más bien establece la base requerida y reúne el contenido adecuado para desarrollar un modelo realista de simulación estudiando cuidadosamente los efectos de la multiplicidad de partes en las diferentes áreas funcionales de la red de suministro seleccionada e identificando los factores críticos de éxito en la aplicación de la estandarización de componentes.

Palabras clave: Administración de cadenas de suministro, plataforma común, estandarización de componentes, marco de simulación, modelado conceptual.

 

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