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Development of Internal Logistics Systems: The Use and Evaluation of Simulation Software
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Logistics deals with the flow, storage of goods and related information. Its purpose is to make people, material and information flow from the start to the end. A fundamental transition in the business environment has shifted from the producer’s market to the buyer’s market. Customer needs result in the requirement of new logistic supply methods. Today logistics engineers plan and design material flow by trial and error. It lacks an effective simulation tool to offer them an overview of traffic load, material flow and workload. Because simulation software provides visual interactive facilities, this study attempted to investigate simulation software used in real logistics system by analyzing underlying logic and its added-value. Furthermore, it purposed to find out how simulation software can fulfill manufacturers’ requirements.

This thesis has investigated the issues related to simulation software used in internal logistics systems. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the simulation software by exploring the underlying logic through modeling analysis, analyzing its added-value and developing evaluation criteria of simulation software. One data driven logistic simulator, Flow Planner, has been studied on the basis of the case study carried out at Scania Oskarshamn. This software is investigated from users’ perspective, which means that the investigation is objective and close to the manufacturer’s crucial requirements.

The result of the study shows that simulation software relies on real system. At the same ime, they have their own simulation language. These tools can support logistics planning and give better flow design. However, the software should be dynamic in order to fulfill manufacturers’ specific requirements. Simulation software developers should follow the evaluation criteria to be better suitable for manufacturers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Internal logistics systems, material handling, flow design, logistical simulation software, simulationfeatures, evaluation criteria
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-189622OAI: diva2:947410
Available from: 2016-07-11 Created: 2016-07-08 Last updated: 2016-07-11Bibliographically approved

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