P.J.S. Van Dyk, J.J. Strasheim, C. de W. Van Schoor


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Supply planning and traffic flow planning are major activities in the automotive manufacturing environment worldwide. Traditionally, the impact of supply planning strategies on plant traffic is rarely considered. This paper describes the development of a Decision Support System (DSS) that will assist automotive manufacturers to analyse the effect of supply planning decisions on plant traffic during the supply planning phase of their logistics planning process. In essence, this DSS consists of a Supply Medium Decision Support Tool (SMDST) (an interactive MS-Excel model with Visual Basic interfacing) and a traffic flow simulation model tool (using eMPlant simulation software).

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Verskaffingsbeplanning en verkeersvloeibeplanning is belangrike aktiwiteite in die motorvervaardigingsbedryf weldwyd. Tradisioneel word die uitwerking van verskaffings-beplanningsstrategi op aanlegverkeer selde in ag geneem. Hierdie artikel beskryf die ontwikkeling van n Besluitnemings Ondersteuningstelsel (DSS) wat motorvervaardigers sal ondersteun in die analise van die effek van verskaffingsbeplanningbesluite op aanlegverkeer tydens die verskaffingsbeplanningsfase van hulle logistieke beplanningsproses. Hierdie DSS bestaan hoofsaaklik uit n Verskaffings-vervoermiddel Besluitnemingshulpmiddel (SMDST) (n interaktiewe MS-Excel model met Visual Basic koppelling) asook n simulasiemodel van verkeersvloei (met eM-Plant simulasiesagteware).

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