An opportunity for system dynamics in manufacturing system modelling


The computer simulation of manufacturing systems is commonly carried out using discrete event simulation (DES). Indeed, there appears to be a lack of applications of continuous simulation methods, particularly system dynamics (SD), despite evidence that this technique is suitable for industrial modelling. This paper investigates whether this is due to a decline in the general popularity of SD, or whether modelling of manufacturing systems represents a missed opportunity for SD. On this basis, the paper first gives a review of the concept of SD and fully describes the modelling technique. Following on, a survey of the published applications of SD in the 1990s is made by developing and using a structured classification approach. From this review, observations are made about the application of the SD method and opportunities for future research are suggested.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Baines, T., & Harrison, D. K. (1999). An opportunity for system dynamics in manufacturing system modelling. Production planning and control, 10(6), 542-552. Production planning and control 1999 © Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: application,systems,classification,modelling
Publication ISSN: 1366-5871
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 07:03
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Published Date: 1999
Authors: Baines, Timothy (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7518-2967)
Harrison, D.K.



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