Simulation-based evaluation for the feasibility analysis of product design changes

Dong Xu, Santosh Mungle, Sai Srinivas Nageshwaraniyer, Young-Jun Son

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In today's large scale manufacturing industries, decision making for responding to the customer's requirement in terms of product design changes is an indispensable issue to be resolved. In order to make the decision of accepting or rejecting the change request by customers, company first needs to obtain information about the significant areas where they will allocate money and time for handling the requested changes, then evaluate the change feasibility. This work aims to provide an approach to identify those significant impact aspects for handling the product design changes under various different scenarios. A simulation-based evaluation approach for the change feasibility analysis is proposed, which constitutes one sub-section of an integrated framework for change assessment, planning and evaluation that is also summarized in this paper. For the main part of this article, we identified five major impact factors on the design and manufacturing fields, which influence the design change feasibility analysis. A generic discrete-event simulation model is then emphasized, followed by its inputs and outputs discussions. A 2 5 factorial experimental design is constructed and the ANOVA analysis is performed. Based on the regression model and response surface plots obtained from the experiments, the desirable levels of impact factors are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication62nd IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event62nd IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 19 2012May 23 2012


Other62nd IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL



  • Design changes
  • Discrete-event simulation
  • Factorial experimental design
  • Feasibility analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Xu, D., Mungle, S., Nageshwaraniyer, S. S., & Son, Y-J. (2012). Simulation-based evaluation for the feasibility analysis of product design changes. In 62nd IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012 (pp. 3202-3211). Institute of Industrial Engineers.