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Simulation: One of the Methods to Increase Productivity

(Case Study: IKM Matahari Craft)

According to Law and Kelton (1991), simulation method is needed because most real systems in the world are too complex to be evaluated analytically. Simulation method itself is a one of the most widely used technique in operations research and management science. It tries to estimate the characteristics of model by imitate the operations of various kinds of real world processes. Simulation offers several advantages such as, to study the behavior of a system without having to change anything in the real system, results are accurate in general, compared to analytical model, help to find unpredictable phenomenon and easiness to perform “What-If Analysis”. read more

Industri Kerajinan Kayu Yogyakarta

Industri Kecil Menengah (IKM) memiliki peran penting untuk membantu perekonomian daerah. Menurut BCIG (2016) , IKM berkontribusi sebesar 99,95% dari jumlah enterprises di Indonesia. Hal ini menunjukkan bahwa IKM memiliki peluang yang cukup besar untuk membantu menggerakkan perekonomian negara dengan produksinya. Akan tetapi pada kenyataannya, produktivitas IKM pada umumnya masih tergolong rendah. Pengendalian produksi dari segi permesinan, jumlah pekerja , penjadwalan kerja , dll , belum dilakukan dengan baik. Sehingga produktivitas yang dicapai belum optimal. read more

Finding Increased Throughput

How Skarnes, Inc. validated an impactful system change using simulation

A study of an automated storage and retrieval system using FlexSim Simulation Software. A FlexSim model builder created a simulation model of the system to validate the proposed changes to the facility — resulting in improved warehouse efficiency for the end client.

Skarnes Inc., a material handling systems integrator located in Plymouth, MN, wanted to increase the throughput of one of its client’s warehousing processes. The client used an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) that interfaced with a conveyor loop, transporting pallets to a picking station and then back to the AS/RS. This system was capable of picking 70 pallets per hour, and was studied by Skarnes for potential improvements. read more

Making Critical Warehouse Decisions

How Bastian Solutions found an advantage at an automated warehouse

In large, automated distribution centers, properly organizing and sequencing orders is key to making sure products get out the door on time. With so many interactions and dependencies involved in today’s warehouses, a simulation study is an effective choice to understand and help balance these systems.

For Bastian Solutions, simulation modeling was a critical component in helping their cosmetics distribution client design and implement a highly automated distribution center. The goal was to create a working simulation model of the facility to use as a decision support tool. Bastian Solutions and its talented team of engineers did just that, building a 3D simulation model using FlexSim simulation software. read more

Competitive Advantage in Manufacturing

How Quadrillion Partners transformed a company’s manufacturing flexibility

Smart businesses are on the hunt to continually evaluate and transform how they use their assets. All too often, transformation becomes necessary to maximize resources in response to changing circumstances. In the case of a client of Quadrillion Partners, that change came in the form of a plant closure that forced production volumes to different locations—and threatened increased delivery times to critical customers.

Dallas-based consulting firm Quadrillion helped their client, a global middle market high tech manufacturer, develop a new strategic planning process to make quick, informed decisions when consolidating manufacturing sites or pooling volumes globally. To help with the project, Quadrillion worked with FlexSim to develop a global simulation model that would aid in this critical decision making. The goal? Determine options for pooling product family volumes across different plants globally—balanced against constraints like costs and customer delivery cycle times—to answer questions like: read more