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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
The growing complexity of manufacturing along with the need for higher efficiency, greater flexibility, better product quality and lower cost urged the use of simulation in manufacturing systems. The number and variety of simulation software packages on the market increased as well. Consequently, the varieties of these packages led to some bewilderment on the part of potential users when faced the selection process. The present article addresses an overview of material addressed in journals, conferences, and textbooks on the selection of appropriate simulation software. It also suggests a classification of main criteria to be considered in evaluating simulation software packages. Moreover, a checklist of simulation software features with five levels of indication will be included. A proposed methodology has been employed in interpreting the checklist. Finally, future trends towards the provision of more effective selection tools will be discussed.
Arisha, A., El Baradie, M.: On the Selection of Simulation Software for Manufacturing Application. Nineteenth International Manufacturing Conference (IMC-19),Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland, August 28- 30, pp 495 – 507.