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New Manufacturing Assembly Model Objects

Two new manufacturing assembly model objects are released. These model objects are combined to handle intermittent assembly systems. Intermittent Assembly Systems can produce many different products on the same line. Each product may require different quantities or types of subassemblies. Assembly times change. Even resource assignments may change.

Simplify Creation of Intermittent Assembly Models

Intermittent assembly models are difficult to build because few people understand how to approach this multifaceted problem. These Manufacturing Assembly Model Objects addresses the complexity of creating an assembly model. They handle scheduling of product orders, the creation of needed attributes and variables, assembly of variable components and the collection of cost and value-adding statistics from the subassemblies.


Manufacturing Assembly Model Objects Means “We Can Do It”

Models that would have taken weeks to build can be “assembled” in minutes using the new design objects. For example, a computer server manufacturer has used the model objects to create an assembly line for a medium volume, highly variable, product. A server build-up can include:

  • 3 sizes of enclosures
  • 6 Processor options
  • 8 power options
  • 6 Memory options
  • 24 Local storage options
  • 8 Graphics card options
  • 4 Socket options
  • 8 Adapter options
  • 4 Raid Controllers
  • 9 Software options


The flexibility, identified above, creates millions of possible configurations. With changed configuration comes a corresponding change in production time and time variability. In spite of millions of configurations, the speed of model development allowed the testing of many different assembly systems. Assembly systems included: pre-assembly of some components; kitting then assembly in one station; work cell assembly; assembly line; and pod assembly. In the past, the creation of many different systems would have taken too long. The model objects automatically handle the scheduling of product orders and variability of assembly components.

Manufacturing Assembly Model Objects for Many Types of Assembly

The manufacturing assembly model objects aren’t just for computer systems. The same concept is key to the manufacture of trailers, assembly of trucks and cellular assembly of valves. These model objects are flexible and simple to apply to many different assembly systems.

Free for Current Users of ProcessModel

The manufacturing assembly model objects are another step to shorten model creation time and increase the quality of model building. Both model objects are free with the current version of ProcessModel (v5.6.2). Download the new additions via the Model Objects menu option or request them directly from support by using the link below:


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About the Author:

Scott Baird has been president of ProcessModel for more than 15 years. His focus has been to teach others how to improve processes dramatically. He has been successful in transferring these skills to over 200 companies, including ESPN, NASA, GE, Nationwide, Cendant, SSA and many more. Specialties: Group facilitation for process improvement, process design and simulation, simulation modeling, business management and training others to see opportunities. Scott loves to teach process improvement and has often been heard to say, “Of all the things I do, training others to improve processes is my favorite.” Scott is a father of four and a grandfather of eight. He is an avid woodworker, designing and creating presentation boxes. In his spare time, he volunteers in a college preparation program.

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