SIMULATION MODELING OF MANUFACTURED HOUSING PROCESSES
This thesis is concerned with the production enhancement of the Manufactured Housing processes in construction. The Manufactured Housing industry in U.S.A. offers a good solution for the increasing demand on the low cost housing compared to the site built houses. The main objective of this research is to identify ways by which the productivity of a manufactured housing factory could be improved leading to a cost effective and efficient system. A manufactured housing factory provides a controlled arena for studying the manufacturing process and to develop ways of improving the productivity and efficiency of the system. To achieve the objective of this research, a through literature review was carried out in the field of Manufactured Housing followed by process data collection at two manufactured housing factories in Indiana. A simulation model was developed using Arena simulation software to study the production process and to determine process bottlenecks. The model describes the production line and the logical flow of the production unit in the factory. The simulation model is aimed to depict the reality in the factory. Arena software enables the modeler to simulate very sophisticated levels of activity relationships and also has the advantage of animating the simulation process. Hence, animation serves as a verification tool throughout the continuous development of the model. A comparison was done between the output measures of the model and the factory data to validate the simulation model. The simulation study identified several process bottlenecks that when present could limit the efficiency of the production process in a manufactured housing factory.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:simulation modeling manufactured housing assembly line construction processes
Date of Publication:01/01/2002