The RTMS system will be used by students in this project in which
they must design a manufacturing cell in order to produce a certain number
of products per unit time. The following input data are given to each
team: (i) List of manufacturing operations that are required to
produce the product, (ii) the probability distribution of the time
for each operation, (iii) the nature of each operation: manual or
automatic, and (iv) the precedence relations among operations. Each
student team must then follow the following steps to complete their
Step 1: Design. Each team must use the techniques learned in the class and
calculate the minimum number of machines and workers required to achieve
the desired throughput. They also need to develop a layout for their
manufacturing cell. Furthermore, they need to specify the worker
assignments to machines and workers' policy on how to attend their
Step 2: Simulation. Each team uses the RTMS station of the Manufacturing System Design
Laboratory to set up a manufacturing system according to their
design. This involves positioning the machine simulators according to
their layout and setting up the software. They can then start the
simulation and work as workers in their cells.
Step 3: Revision. During the simulation, each team will observe
their design in action. This uncovers problems such as machines'
underutilization, operators' idleness, and large WIP in the cell.
Furthermore, since it includes student team as operators in the simulation
process, it creates opportunities for the team to experience the positive
and negative effects of their proposed design, and makes it easier for
them to find ways to improve it.
Step 4: Report. At the assignment deadline, each team must submit a
report on their design. The report describes the theoretical model as well
as the design improvement achieved during the RTMS experiment. Each report
will be evaluated based on the factors such as number of machines and
workers, layout, worker policies, throughput of the cell and WIP in the
cell. The winning team with with the best design
will be asked to present their design to the entire
class. Their presentation will be taped on a VHS and kept in the video