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Vol. 165, Issue 2, February 2014, pp. 213-220




Cycle Time and Throughput Rate Modelling Study through the Simulation Platform

1 Fei Xiong, 2 Jin Yao

1 Business School of Sichuan University, Chengdu, P. R. China
2 Manufacturing Science and Engineering School of Sichuan University, Chengdu, P. R. China
Tel.: +86 13880925111

E-mail: flyingpanda@263.net, jinyao163@163.com


Received: 27 January 2014 /Accepted: 21 February 2014 /Published: 28 February 2014

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: The shorter cycle time (CT) and higher throughput rate (TH) are primary goals of the industry, including sensors and transducer factory. The common way of cycle time reduction is to reduce WIP, but such action may also reduce throughput. This paper will show one practical healthy heuristic algorithm based on tool time modelling to balance both the CT and the TH. This algorithm considers the factors that exist in the work in process (WIP) and its constrains in modules of the factory. One computer simulation platform based on a semiconductor factory is built to verify this algorithm. The result of computing simulation experiments suggests that the WIP level calculated by this algorithm can achieve the good balance of CT and TH.


Keywords: Work in process (WIP), Average utilization (AU), Cycle time, Throughput rate, Computing simulation.


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