An industrial case study on Discrete Event Modelling of Value Stream Mapping for Industry 4.0

Theodore Lim, Mathis Linnenbrink, James Millar Ritchie, Aparajithan Sivanathan, Carsten Teichert, Anthony Waller

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Discrete event modelling (DEM) can describe the behaviour and performance of a real-life activity or process within a facility or system that occurs over time. This work reports on applying DEM as a tool to provide fundamental insights on how SME’s can incrementally improve their capability regarding the implementation of an Industry 4.0 strategy. The case study discussed analyses the potential changes to the project life cycle of an SME as it undertakes a journey towards implementing Industry 4.0 for its operations. A combination of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and Data Stream Mapping (DSM) enabled holistic mapping of the SME’s project’s life cycle into discrete event stages, which were integrated on the WITNESS DEM system to enable the company to stress test and plan their Industry 4.0 implementation strategy over time. The findings reveal the interdependent nature of workforce and technology necessitates simultaneous development to achieve optimal functionality.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Feb 2018
EventIndustry 4.0 Academia Summit - Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Feb 20181 Mar 2018


ConferenceIndustry 4.0 Academia Summit
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Lim, T., Linnenbrink, M., Ritchie, J. M., Sivanathan, A., Teichert, C., & Waller, A. (Accepted/In press). An industrial case study on Discrete Event Modelling of Value Stream Mapping for Industry 4.0. Paper presented at Industry 4.0 Academia Summit, Manchester, United Kingdom.