The Use of the Simulation Method in Analysing the Performance of a Predictive Maintenance System
The progressive automation of manufacturing systems results, on the one hand, in a reduction in the number of production workers but necessitates, on the other hand, the development of maintenance systems.
The concept of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) includes implementation of predictive/preventive maintenance as an integral part of manufacturing systems. In this paper, an analysis of the different structures of manufacturing systems, using the simulation method is proposed, in order to evaluate the resistance of a system to change in the availability of manufacturing resources. The parallel-serial manufacturing system is considered where the availability of resources and the capacity of the buffers are input values and the throughput and average product lifespan, that is, the particular detail relating to the time remaining within a system, are output values. The simulation model of the system is created using Tecnomatix Plant Simulation.
KeywordsPredictive maintenance Computer simulation Parallel-serial manufacturing system Throughput Average product lifespan
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