A Model-Based Solution to Improve the Accessibility and Affordability of Manufacturing System Simulations

Period of Performance: 07/31/2017 - 01/30/2018

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

MBSE Tools, Inc. d.b.a. ModGeno
5120 OAKWOOD CIRCLE Array
Cumming, GA 30028
Firm POC, Principal Investigator

Abstract

The vision is to provide decision-makers with effective, fast, and inexpensive analysis tools to answer "What-If" and "What-Should" questions about manufacturing systems. Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a modeling methodology with widespread contemporary use in manufacturing, and our strategy is to start with VSM as a deployment beachhead for the eventual deployment of a more generic manufacturing system modeling and analysis tool. In Phase 1, we propose to add modeling rigor and computational analysis to VSM; our goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of using Value Stream Maps to answer routine value stream questions about throughput, capacity, cycle time, and inventory using automated generation of discrete-event simulation models. A Phase 1 demonstration will start from the VSM tool environments of Microsoft Visio and Excel, and automatically generate discrete-event simulation models in a COTS language and tool.