CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2013
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

The Boeing Company is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft.

Aircraft assembly lines are very large and very complex systems, which represent significant investments for Boeing. With the average assembly time of one month per aircraft, it is important to minimize the time and cost of building an aircraft, while maximizing safety.

Developed in collaboration with Boeing, our Aircraft Assembly Line Simulator is used to design new assembly lines, and to optimize existing ones.

After launching our simulator, users are able to create an assembly line by placing various assets on a factory floor. After completing the factory layout, the simulation begins during which users can navigate throughout the assembly line and observe various assembly processes while they occur.

When the simulation completes or is stopped, users are presented with statistical data that measures the performance of the assembly line. This performance data is then analyzed by a specialist who determines the overall efficiency and safety of the user-created assembly line.

After analyzing a factory layout for cost and safety improvements, users can modify their factory, rerun their simulation, and collect new performance data.

Our Aircraft Assembly Line Simulator runs natively on Windows 7 and Mac OSX. It uses the Unity Game Engine and is scripted in C#.