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Distribution is a critical component that maintains the efficiency, flexibility, and reliability of any supply chain. Given the limited financial and physical resources of today’s businesses, distribution enterprises have begun to embrace the far-reaching value of lean paradigm. Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is prescribed as a part of the lean implementation portfolio of tools. It is applied to map material and information flows seeking to identify company’s waste and non-value added activities. Integrating simulation with VSM introduces a whole new dimension for lean implementation and assessment processes. This paper shows a dynamic value stream mapping model using discrete event simulation to assess two basic lean practices, pull replenishment and class-based policy, of a tire distribution company.
Mahfouz, A., Arisha, A. (2013) Lean Distribution Assessment Using an Integrated Model of Value Stream Mapping and Simulation. Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference, Washington DC.