Agent-Based Simulation for Indoor Manufacturing Environments---Evaluating the Effects of Spatialization

Stefan Kern, Johannes Scholz

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Abstract

The paper elaborates on an Agent-based Modeling approach for an indoor manufacturing environment---in particular, a semiconductor production plant. In order to maintain a flexible production ``line'', there is no conveyor belt, and a mix of different products is present in the indoor environment. With the integration of Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing principles, production assets may be transported by autonomous robots in the near future. The optimization of manufacturing processes is challenging and computationally hard. Thus, simulation methods are used to optimize manufacturing plants and the processes. In contemporary literature, the effects of the spatial dimension with respect to the simulation of manufacturing processes is neglected. In this paper, we evaluate on the effects the spatial dimension in an Agent-based Model for indoor manufacturing environments. The Agent-based Model developed in this paper is utilized to simulate a manufacturing environment with the help of an artificial indoor space and a set of test data. Four simulation scenarios---with varying levels of spatial data usable---have been tested using Repast Simphony framework. The results reveal that different levels of available spatial information have an influence on the simulation results of indoor manufacturing environments and processes. First, the distances moved by the worker agents can be significantly reduced and the unproductive movements of worker agents (without production assets) can be decreased.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science
EditorsPhaedon Kyriakidis, Dimitrios Skarlatos, Diofantos Hadjimitsis, Ali Mansourian
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages309-324
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030147440
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2246
ISSN (Electronic)1863-2351

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Semiconductor materials
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Keywords

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Indoor geography
  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart manufacturing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Kern, S., & Scholz, J. (2020). Agent-Based Simulation for Indoor Manufacturing Environments---Evaluating the Effects of Spatialization. In P. Kyriakidis, D. Skarlatos, D. Hadjimitsis, & A. Mansourian (Eds.), Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science (pp. 309-324). (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14745-7_17

Agent-Based Simulation for Indoor Manufacturing Environments---Evaluating the Effects of Spatialization. / Kern, Stefan; Scholz, Johannes.

Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. ed. / Phaedon Kyriakidis; Dimitrios Skarlatos; Diofantos Hadjimitsis; Ali Mansourian. Cham : Springer International Publishing AG , 2020. p. 309-324 (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Kern, S & Scholz, J 2020, Agent-Based Simulation for Indoor Manufacturing Environments---Evaluating the Effects of Spatialization. in P Kyriakidis, D Skarlatos, D Hadjimitsis & A Mansourian (eds), Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, Springer International Publishing AG , Cham, pp. 309-324. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14745-7_17
Kern S, Scholz J. Agent-Based Simulation for Indoor Manufacturing Environments---Evaluating the Effects of Spatialization. In Kyriakidis P, Skarlatos D, Hadjimitsis D, Mansourian A, editors, Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG . 2020. p. 309-324. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14745-7_17
Kern, Stefan ; Scholz, Johannes. / Agent-Based Simulation for Indoor Manufacturing Environments---Evaluating the Effects of Spatialization. Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. editor / Phaedon Kyriakidis ; Dimitrios Skarlatos ; Diofantos Hadjimitsis ; Ali Mansourian. Cham : Springer International Publishing AG , 2020. pp. 309-324 (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography).
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