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Title: Integrating supply chain simulation, component geometry, and unit cost estimation
Author: Jinks, Stuart
ISNI:       0000 0004 2731 6582
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis shows how utilising dynamic simulation to estimate unit costs and manufacturing resources, can aid design decisions. A framework specification is introduced that integrates Computer Aided Design (CAD), Discrete Event Simulation (DES) and Activity Based Cost (ABC) methodology. The framework aids a design team in understanding the consequences of design decisions in terms of unit cost and manufacturing resources, by returning aggregated unit cost and manufacturing based data, directly to the design team, within the design environment. Dynamic Resource Estimation System (DRES) has been developed to implement the framework and conduct two case studies based on representative aerospace components. The purpose of the first case study is to determine the benefits and applications of integrating a dynamic supply chain simulation and unit cost estimation. The second case study is used to show that the framework is capable of handling significantly different components and to highlight the effort required to implement a new component within the framework. This thesis concludes that there are three primary benefits provided by the framework, which are: firstly, the framework can accurately predict required resources to fulfil a supply chain for a specific production rate, which can be utilised by manufacturing engineers to aid production planning; secondly, the framework increases refinement of a component unit cost estimate, by including manufacturing time and dynamically determined resource requirements into an ABC cost model; and thirdly, the framework has the ability to compare multiple supply chain options and different supply chain types at the same time from component geometry.
Supervisor: Scanlan, James Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics