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Collaboration support in factory planning by means of e-simulation
Simulation systems are used nowadays, among other things, for the planning of manufacturing systems and industrial logistics. Master production schedulers are in the position to improve their understanding of complex systems by visual depiction of the processes and analysis of the simulation results. Capital expenditures are barely accomplished in large enterprises without a hedge by the use of a simulation experiment. But since the simulation models often have to be regenerated completely for every specific application, the benefit implies a considerable expenditure. This article describes a new electronic service, which enables a simple and permanent use of the simulation models via Internet, without any specific hardware or software. On the one hand the simulation improves the coordination of all the subjects involved in the planning process; on the other hand, the capital expenditure invested in the construction of the model provides a long term benefit.