Improving Energy Efficiency for the Vehicle Assembly Industry: A Discrete Event Simulation Approach

Oumer, Abduaziz and Atnaw, Samson M. and Jack, Kie Cheng and Singh, Lakhveer (2016) Improving Energy Efficiency for the Vehicle Assembly Industry: A Discrete Event Simulation Approach. In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, International Engineering Research and Innovation Symposium (IRIS), 24-25 November 2016 , Melaka, Malaysia. pp. 1-17., 160 (012069). ISSN 1757-899X

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This paper presented a Discrete Event Simulation (DES) model for investigating and improving energy efficiency in vehicle assembly line. The car manufacturing industry is one of the highest energy consuming industries. Using Rockwell Arena DES package; a detailed model was constructed for an actual vehicle assembly plant. The sources of energy considered in this research are electricity and fuel; which are the two main types of energy sources used in a typical vehicle assembly plant. The model depicts the performance measurement for process- specific energy measures of painting, welding, and assembling processes. Sound energy efficiency model within this industry has two-fold advantage: reducing CO2 emission and cost reduction associated with fuel and electricity consumption. The paper starts with an overview of challenges in energy consumption within the facilities of automotive assembly line and highlights the parameters for energy efficiency. The results of the simulation model indicated improvements for energy saving objectives and reduced costs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Discrete Event Simulation (DES); Vehicle Assembly Industry; Energy
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Engineering Technology
Depositing User: Noorul Farina Arifin
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2017 06:24
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 02:08
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