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This book provides a detailed study of the Thai rubber industry and its utilisation of renewable resources, focussing on the use of open source software in building supply chain models. By describing elements that the supply chain is composed of and relating this to Thailand’s rubber industry, the authors then outline the construction of a Discrete Event Simulation (DES) model and use open source software to model renewable resources in this particular supply chain. Emphasis is placed on the way that modelling can aid the important decision-making required in the exploitation of natural resources. By taking a hands-on approach and offering a valuable guide for readers, this book not only appeals to academics in the fields of industrial engineering, operations, logistics and supply chain management, but also to practitioners, policy-makers and associations involved in the rubber industry.



Chapter 1. Introduction

This chapter presents the background related to the book: the natural rubber industry, decision support systems for the rubber industry and a simulation model.

Janya Chanchaichujit, José F. Saavedra-Rosas

Chapter 2. The Elements of the Natural Rubber Industry Supply Chain

This chapter the elements of the natural rubber industry supply chain are presented. This chapter aims to introduce the reader to the physical transformation of rubber and categories of natural rubber products. The common definitions for each rubber supply chain entity and their relevant process are presented along with logistics and marketing activities and decision making. Moreover, supply and demand mechanisms are discussed in order to understand how price is formulated in the natural rubber industry.

Janya Chanchaichujit, José F. Saavedra-Rosas

Chapter 3. Discrete Event Simulation Concepts

This chapter is concerned with the discrete event simulation (DES) paradigm. The main objective of this chapter is to provide the reader some basic philosophical foundations of the technique and it also serves as a brief introduction to Ptolemy II as it illustrates some of the concepts presented by using the software in the context of a simple example.

Janya Chanchaichujit, José F. Saavedra-Rosas

Chapter 4. A Hands-On Development of a Discrete Event Simulation Model for the Thai Rubber Industry

This chapter presents a discrete event simulation (DES) model which is built step by step, using Ptolemy II. The elements of the model are explained. After the design decisions have been made, the elements are implemented and integrated into the model being built. In each step of the process, checks and control measures are put in place in order to guarantee the validity of the model in a way that resembles unit testing in programming.

Janya Chanchaichujit, José F. Saavedra-Rosas

Chapter 5. Model Implementation and Validation

In this chapter the building blocks developed in Chap. 4 are used to model the Southern Thailand Rubber supply chain. After the model is built, it is validated to check the consistency of the observed movement and the material movement at the regional level. The chapter concludes by analysing the capability of the model by using two case studies.

Janya Chanchaichujit, José F. Saavedra-Rosas

Chapter 6. Conclusions and Future Research Avenues

This chapter concludes with summaries and recommendations for future research.

Janya Chanchaichujit, José F. Saavedra-Rosas


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