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Business and Management.
Intensive competition and rapid technology development of Twisted-Pair Cables (TPC) industry have left no room for competing manufacturers to harbour system inefﬁciencies. TPC are used in various communication and networks hardware applications; their manufacturing facilities face many challenges including various product conﬁgurations with different equipment settings, different product ﬂows and Work in Process (WIP) space limitations. The quest for internal efﬁciency and external effectiveness forces companies to align their internal settings and resources with external requirements/orders, or in different words, signiﬁcant factors must be set appropriately and identiﬁed prior to manufacturing processes. Integrated deﬁnition models (IDEF0, IDEF3) in conjunction with a simulation model and a design of experiments (DOE) have been developed to characterize the TPC production system, identify the signiﬁcant process parameters and examine various production setting scenarios aiming to get the best product ﬂow time.
Mahfouz, A., Hassan, S., Arisha, A.:Practical Simulation Application: Evaluation of Process Control Parameters in Twisted-Pair Cables Manufacturing System. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory 18 (2010) 471–482.