Utilization of the Arena simulation software and Lean improvements in the management of metal surface treatment processes

A. S. M. E. Dias, R. M. G. Antunes, A. Abreu, V. Anes, H. V. G. Navas, T. Morgado, J. M. F. Calado

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For companies to stand out in increasingly competitive, dynamic and global markets, they must have customer satisfaction goals, create value through their processes, products and services and also aim for innovation. In this context, computer sciences combined with engineering processes constitutes a powerful way for companies to be able to improve process management, to interact with such markets in an efficient and effective way. The main objective of this article is to use Arena simulation software, to quantitatively predict the impact of improvements applied in metal surface treatment processes, based on tools to support Lean thinking. A case study in a Portuguese company in the metalworking sector is presented, in which it is verified that the proposed improvements in terms of the factory layout and resource management, suggested by the comparison between simulations of the current state of the company and the improved one, streamline the processes of finishing in metals, namely zinc coating and lacquering which prevent the occurrence of oxidation and the consequent corrosion of the base metals, by adding other metals and materials to their surface, which adhere and protect it. Through the results obtained, it is concluded that the reduction of waiting times and transport of stocks without production and of work-in-progress, as well as the increase of the productive capacity, make the company more able to guarantee the satisfaction of the requirements of its customers and improve its positioning in the market compared to its competitors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-147
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 International Conference on Industry Sciences and Computer Science Innovation, iSCSi 2022 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 Mar 202211 Mar 2022


  • Arena software
  • Case study
  • Lean tools
  • Metal surface treatments
  • Process management


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