A systems methodology for analysing and simulating manufacturing systems

J.M. Bulbeck, B.T. Clegg

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The Systems Engineering Group (SEG) at De Montfort University are developing the Boardman Soft Systems Methodology (BSSM) which allows complex human systems to be modelled, this work builds upon Checkland's Soft Systems Methodology (1981). The BSSM has been applied to the modelling of the systems engineering process as used in design and manufacturing companies. The BSSM is used to solicit information from a company and this data is then transformed into systemic diagrams (systemigrams). These systemigrams are posited to be accurate and concise representations of the system which has been modelled. This paper describes the collaboration between SEG and a manufacturing company (MC) in Leicester, England. The purpose of this collaboration was twofold. First, it was to create an objective view of the MC's processes, in the form of systemigrams. It was important to get this modelled by a source outside of the company, as it is difficult for people within a system being modelled to be unbiased. Secondly, it allowed a series of systemigrams to be produced which can then be subjected to simulation, for the purpose of aiding risk management decisions and to reduce the project cycle time
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1996 IEEE international conference on systems, man and cybernetics
Subtitle of host publicationinformation intelligence and systems
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)1062-922X
ISBN (Print)0-7803-3280-6, 0-7803-32814
Publication statusPublished - 1996
EventIEEE international conference on systems, man, and cybernetics - Beijing, China
Duration: 14 Oct 199617 Oct 1996


ConferenceIEEE international conference on systems, man, and cybernetics


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