Single simulation buffer optimization

Christoph Roser, Masaru Nakano, Minoru Tanaka

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The performance of manufacturing systems can be adjusted by allocation buffer into the manufacturing system. Buffer will improve the performance of manufacturing systems by improving the utilization of the constraints; yet buffer will also increase the makespan and the work in progress. Due to the complex nature of the systems, buffer allocation is usually difficult to optimize. This paper presents a prediction model of the effect of buffer based on the shifting bottleneck detection and a blocking and starving analysis. The prediction model is used to optimize the buffer allocation using only a single simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)763-768
Number of pages6
JournalJSME International Journal, Series C: Mechanical Systems, Machine Elements and Manufacturing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Buffer allocation
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Optimization
  • Theory of constraints

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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