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Training Reinforcement Learning Policy in AnyLogic Simulation Environment Using Pathmind


In this paper, the researchers study the operations of an imaginary coffee shop with a focus on the barista’s actions. They also show how the sequence of actions affects the overall performance of the coffee shop by using reinforcement learning and simulation as its policy training environment. This model acts as a guiding example that shows the ease of applying RL in AnyLogic models using the Pathmind Library.

Modeling the Mechanisms of Friendship Network Formation


The study of friendship formation is fundamental to the study of human beings. In this paper, the research team presents an agent-based model of friendship networks grounded in the existing empirical research literature on friendship formation. The goal is to better understand what mechanisms might be influential in the formation of friendships as well as how such modeling might inform (and potentially advance) our understanding of existing empirical work.

Using Simulation to Analyze the Predictive Maintenance Technique and its Optimization Potential


The Predictive Maintenance technique offers a possibility to improve productivity in semiconductor manufacturing. Current research on Predictive Maintenance mainly focuses on its technical implementation. By applying discrete-event simulation, the research team provide results on how maintenance strategies can help optimize machine operations, and how the technique contributes to an overall improvement of productivity in wafer fabrication.

Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach for Inventory Policy Tested in Simulation Environment


In this work, the researchers undertake a root-cause enabling Vendor Managed Inventory performance measurement approach to assign responsibilities for poor performance. Additionally, the work proposes a solution methodology based on reinforcement learning for determining optimal replenishment policy in a VMI setting. Using a simulation model as a training environment, different demand scenarios are generated based on real data from Infineon Technologies AG and compared based on key performance indicators.

Building a Predictive Analytics Simulation Model of a Semiconductor Manufacturing Facility


The purpose of the article is to create a predictive analytics simulation model to help managers anticipate manufacturing issues. It integrates specifically the involvement of human resources in the manufacturing systems. The predictive analytics simulation model also includes the main existing interactions between the operators and the manufacturing system.

Simulation-Based Scheduling and Planning Approach to Job-Shop Production System


This paper proposes a simulation-based decentralized planning and scheduling approach to improve the performances of a job-shop production system, compliant with a semi-heterarchical Industry 4.0 architecture. To this extent, to face the increasing complexity of such a scenario, a parametric simulation model able to represent a wide number of job-shop systems is introduced.

Supply Chain Model-Based Analysis of a Cross-Actor Pallet Exchange Platform


Pallets are returnable transport items and of great importance for supply chains. They ensure efficient storage, transport, and handling processes. The pallet cycle, however, is associated with a substantial effort. In addition to administrative costs, extra trips and detours must often be taken by forwarders to retrieve pallets or buy new pallets. In this paper, a fictitious cross-actor pallet exchange platform is analyzed by building a supply chain model.