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FORERO-PAEZ, Yesid  and  GIRALDO, Jaime A. Simulation of a Bicycle Manufacturing Process: Didactic Application in the Teaching of Industrial Engineering. Form. Univ. [online]. 2016, vol.9, n.3, pp.39-50. ISSN 0718-5006.

The results obtained with the use of a simulation model of a process of bicycle manufacturing in a course of industrial engineering. The interaction with the model allowed students to understand the main causeeffect relations in such processes. Such interaction, is done through the use of spreadsheets, where students establish the values (deterministic or random) of a set of decision variables (causes): operating times, program acquisition of raw materials, and preventive/corrective maintenance parameters that the student considers appropriate to satisfy a certain level of demand for bicycles and the use of the production capacity (variable effect). The results of two situations obtained with the model are compared in terms of the number of bicycles manufactured and the utilization rates of the three areas of the process. It is concluded that the use of the model represents an appropriate didactic tools for the teaching of subjects related to management of industrial production systems.

Keywords : simulation; production system; operating times; production capacity; industrial engineering; didactics.

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