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In this paper, we present a fluid simulation methodology applying to high volume large conveyor networks operating in a slowly changing environment, often found in large distribution centers. Traditional discrete-event cell-based approach to simulate such networks becomes computationally challenging due to large number of events resulting from high WIP level, complex network and large conveyor footprint. The fluid simulation model is built on a Petri-net based framework. We present the model and investigate the feasibility in modeling capability in terms of input and release control logics, performance evaluation and computational savings.
Simulation Conference, 2005 Proceedings of the Winter
Date of Conference: 4-7 Dec. 2005