Incorporating learning and aging attributes of workers into a DES model

Qian Wang, Maji Ibrahim Abubakar

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In manufacturing plants, part of assembly is often performed by human workers and therefore its performance largely depends on humans (or human performances) rather than machines. However, most studies on human centred assembly systems using the modelling simulation methods do not consider or incorporate the effects of human performance that may also impact the overall system performance of such as an assembly line. The prediction of human performance or behaviour in a manufacturing system evaluation is often overlooked by researchers or system designers partially due to a lack of proper versions of existing simulation tools that can incorporate human attributes into an established simulation model. This paper presents a study by incorporating human attributes of learning and ageing into a discrete event simulation (DES) model based on a human centred assembly system. The effects of worker performance due to aging and learning were investigated and identified through a literature review [1]. The simulation result demonstrates that the worker performance may approach his/her full capacity at the age of 38 years old and this may decrease by an average of 1% from 38 to 40 years old, and 6% at the age of 45 years old. After the age of 45 years old, the decline rate of worker performance may slow down as it can be offset by accumulating worker experience through learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 2nd International Conference on Robotics and Automation Sciences (ICRAS 2018)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-5386-7370-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-7371-3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2018
Event2nd International Conference on Robotics and Automation Sciences - Wuhan, China
Duration: 23 Jun 201825 Jun 2018


Conference2nd International Conference on Robotics and Automation Sciences
Abbreviated titleICRAS 2018
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