A simulation tool for truck loading at fuel filling plants

Ben Cohen, Ad Ridder, Bart Mateman

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The various processes of truck loading at a fuel filling plant are interrelated which makes it complex to analyze and improve the performance of the filling plants. This paper describes these processes and presents a software tool developed in FlexSim for modelling the drivers' activities, analyzing different decision scenarios, and optimizing the filling processes at fuel terminals. The simulation model has been used to identify bottlenecks and evaluating opportunities for performance improvement. This paper reports the application of the model to a lubricant filling plant for analyzing and supporting decision making on the assignment of trucks to bays, and on the availability of the lubricants on the fuel arms at the lading bays.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2017
EditorsW.K.V. Chan, A. D'Ambrogio, G. Zacharewicz, N. Mustafee, G. Wainer, E. Page
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781538634288
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2018
EventWinter Simulation Conference 2017 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 3 Dec 20176 Dec 2017


ConferenceWinter Simulation Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleWSC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


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