International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology vol:2 issue:4 pages:63-77
Software aids for simulation are very important to practitioners of simulation. The widespread availability of inexpensive computing power now allows computer assistance in each stage of simulation activities such as input data analysis, modelling, programming, output analysis and so on. The purpose of this paper is to describe an interactive microcomputer GPSS simulation program generator for automated material handling systems. The program is written in Pascal and consists of several modules to capture data, build the model, and generate the corresponding GPSS simulation program for automated guided vehicle systems as well as surge systems. The application of the program to a real life project is then used to highlight practical advantages of this approach. The paper also presents current research (e.g. inclusion of an automated storage and retrieval system) and the degree to which such software can be extended.