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Design and Simulation of Computer Business Model for Primary Processing of Hardwood Material

[+] Author Affiliations
Sudheer K. Padma, Kenneth M. Ragsdell

University of Missouri at Rolla

Robert A. Sickler

Missouri Enterprise

Paper No. IMECE2005-82099, pp. 289-294; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Engineering/Technology Management
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Engineering and Technology Management Group
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4230-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Computer business model of hardwood production gives the user an opportunity to examine different ways and provide the capability of executing scenarios using alternative activities and process flow paths. This paper illustrates the design of business model based on which the simulation will be built. It will be able to simulate the effect of variables in each process and provide the output in terms of cost, quality and quantity of timber products produced at the end of primary hardwood processing. The simulation will act as a powerful decision making tool and be user friendly. It will be built with the combination of Visual Basic.NET and Microsoft Excel. It will provide cost and revenue estimates, identifies process issues and will have the capability to rapidly react to changing markets. The simulation will also be able to study the viability of capturing more product value and reducing production cost.

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