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Journal of Industrial Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 650925, 16 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/650925
Research Article

Application of Systems Simulation for Predicting and Optimising Energy Requirements for HDF Production

Precision Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Research Centre, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland

Received 24 October 2014; Accepted 15 December 2014

Academic Editor: Francis T. Edum-Fotwe

Copyright © 2015 Cristina Maria Luminea et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Even though simulation has been used so far in manufacturing facilities for modelling supply chain management, production management, and business processes, its applications in managing the energy consumption within manufacturing companies represent a new and innovative research domain. This prompted the research undertaken for the work present in this paper. The main focus of this research is to analyse production management in a manufacturing facility and correlate it with the energy consumption. The research initially concentrates on different simulation methodologies and their application in the current manufacturing domain. Literature relating to the correlation of energy consumption with production management has also been reviewed. This review identified very few previous instances where simulation tools were used to predict the energy consumption in a manufacturing facility. This research brings a novel approach to investigating the adaptability of industrial simulation processes and tools for modelling the energy consumption with respect to a variable production output. The end result of this investigation consists of a better understanding of the production system and the energy losses that were captured by the simulation model.