Computer-based simulation allows manufacturers to test alternate processes and products before making large capital expenditures and without disrupting operations. This book aims to teach managers and engineers how to streamline their business through the effective use of simulation. The book seeks to provide an overview of the simulation process and discusses requirements for developing and using valid simulation models. The author provides detailed guidance for starting and using simulation successfully and discusses the benefits of simulation. She explains how simulation can augment current operations, reduce risk, allow for necessary improvements and enhance a company's competitive edge. Included are case studies of simulation as used in a variety of industries.