Simulation Software as a Tool for Supply Chain Analysis and Improvement

Cuauhtémoc Sánchez Ramírez1, Dulce Rocío Mota López1, Giner Alor Hernández1, Jorge Luis García Alcaraz2 and Diego Alfredo Tlapa Mendoza3

  1. Division of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba
    Av. Oriente 9, 852. Col Emiliano Zapata, C.P. 94320 Orizaba, Veracruz, México.
    {csanchez, galor},
  2. Department of Industrial Engineering, Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Avenida del Charro
    # 450 Norte Colonia Partido Romero, C.P. 32310 Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México
  3. Engineering, Architecture and Design Faculty, Universidad Autónoma de Baja CaliforniaEnsenada, Baja
    Carretera Transpeninsular Ensenada-Tijuana # 3917, Colonia Playitas. C.P. 22860, California, México


Effective decision making in the automotive supply chain is complex, due to the increasing number of suppliers and customers who form part of it. For this reason, the use of tools that allow to improve the performance of the supply chain is necessary. Simulation Software is one of these tools. Therefore, in this paper a simulation model to improve the performance of an automotive supply chain is developed. Using sensitivity analysis, this study finds the values that allow the supply chain to improve its order fulfilment indicator. In the sensitivity analysis, the variables Cycle Time, Production Adjustment Time, Delivery Time, Raw Material Inventory, and Finished Good Inventory, were modified. The results show that: 1) in the base line scenario, only the 78.85% of the orders are fulfilled, and 2) to fulfil the 100% of the orders Cycle Time, Production Adjustment Time, and Delivery Time must be reduced to one week.

Key words

simulation software, supply chain automotive, decision making

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Volume 13, Issue 3 (November 2016)
Special issue on Trends in Software Technologies
Year of Publication: 2016
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Ramírez, C. S., López, D. R. M., Hernández, G. A., Alcaraz, J. L. G., Mendoza, D. A. T.: Simulation Software as a Tool for Supply Chain Analysis and Improvement. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 13, No. 3, 983–998. (2016),