Simulation modeling and analysis of a hardwood sawmill

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This paper presents an application of simulation modeling in a hardwood sawmill. The simulation modeling and analysis was completed in two phases. The first phase included modeling of the sawmill operations and analyzing the effects of a machine replacement. In the second phase, the simulation model was further modified and expanded to include a sorting area called the green chain. The complete model was run under different scenarios that aimed at determining the best mixture of logs to cut to maximize profits and improve grade recovery. Experiences in data collection and model development using Arena (a visual interactive simulation package) are also discussed in the paper. © 1997 Elsevier Science B.V.

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Simulation Practice and Theory