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Dynamic Simulation of Dependability of Nickel Reduction Plant

[+] Author Affiliations
Juha Penttilä, Veijo Ikonen

Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

Paper No. IMECE2013-64308, pp. V015T12A012; 7 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 15: Safety, Reliability and Risk; Virtual Podium (Posters)
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5644-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper presents a dynamic simulation model of complex production lines. The model has been used to improve reliability of production line and also for planning and scheduling of maintenance and production. The model presented here is based on stochastic simulation in time domain. Random failures, finite buffers, feedback loops, variable production speeds and scheduled preventive maintenance are taken into account. Collected production data from process automation system has been extensively used in modeling. The approach presented is valuable for the industrial practitioners in the maintenance business and may also be adapted to other areas where operational experience exists. A prototype model has also been merged into production management system. Model can be continuously updated by new data and implications can be observed. Improvements in knowledge of production effectiveness and reliability have been achieved.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Nickel , Simulation



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