A framework for teaching manufacturing paradigms using simulation

Scott McCurdy, John Namey, Faisal Aqlan

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This study presents a learning framework for manufacturing paradigms utilizing both physical and computer simulations. The objective of this study is to attract more people to manufacturing and address the problem of lacking young talents in the field. First, physical simulations of the five manufacturing paradigms (i.e., craft production, mass production, Lean production, mass customization, and personalized production) are developed in order to understand the past, present and future of manufacturing and identify the associated skill sets. Then computer simulations are developed to imitate the physical experiments. The developed simulation will be used to teach high school students the basics of manufacturing and how simulation can be used to perform analysis of manufacturing systems. Preliminary results are discussed and suggestions for future work are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1452-1461
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberSEP
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event3rd North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2018 -
Duration: Sep 27 2018Sep 29 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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