GIHMS

A factory simulator designed to model production operations in an industrialized housing manufacturing facility; addresses typical questions such as: a) How will changes in staffing, process technology, procedures, and facility layout impact operations and costs in an existing facility? b) What are existing bottlenecks in operations and how can they best be resolved? c) As market share and product mix changes, when do new bottlenecks arise and should they be resolved prior to posing significant problems? d) How will a proposed new facility perform and how can the design be improved prior to actual construction? GIHMS (Generic Industrialized Housing Manufacturing Simulator) will be sufficiently generic to model a range of industry segments, factory configurations, and equipment choices. Early versions will focus on frame and stress skin panelizers.

Keywords

industrialized housing production operations

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Medium level of computer literacy; thorough understanding of factory operations; training required.

Users

still under development.

Audience

Engineers, factory managers.

Input

Factory and product mix defined using Windows

Output

Wide range of predefined operational performance and cost measures; user- defined format.

Computer Platform

PC-compatible, 486 or higher, with math coprocessor; 8 megabytes of RAM.

Programming Language

Microsoft Windows; Excel; Paradox; Promodel.

Strengths

Ability to model complex factory environments with far less effort than conventional simulation approaches.

Weaknesses

Initial software development effort.

Contact

Company:

Center for Engineered Buildings

Address:

University of Central Florida
P.O. Box 163630
Orlando, Florida 32816-3630
United States

Telephone:

(407) 823-5703

Facsimile:

(407) 823-5704

E-mail:

Website:

Availability

Under development.