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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: 70NANB17H224
Agency Tracking Number: 049-02-02 (FY17)
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 2017-NIST-SBIR-01
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-30
Small Business Information
5120 OAKWOOD CIRCLE, Cumming, GA, 30028
DUNS: 079613686
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Thiers
 (770) 312-7812
 george.thiers@modgeno.com
Business Contact
 George Thiers
Phone: (770) 312-7812
Email: george.thiers@modgeno.com
Research Institution
N/A
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.

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