Advantages of Simulation
Cost benefit ratio
In the recent years simulation has adopted many 3D visualization and drag & drop modeling techniques. By providing a good set of standard items in ready-to-use libraries, the need for programming has been substantially reduced, thus allowing a faster model creation and leading to a competitive cost-benefit ratio. The cost curve depicts the slightly higher initial investment for conducting simulation in the early planning stage, which is off-set by a substantial time and cost-saving in the operation phase hence resulting in a higher profitability.
Focus on creation of value
The simulation model provides you with well-founded key figures on your process. The capacity utilization and throughput results enable you to evaluate the efficiency of resources, design the process according to lean principles and avoid wastage. Only be content with the best.
Action instead of reaction
In highly automated systems simulation is able to show phenomena occurring due to many simultaneous processes. These could be sudden pile-ups in buffer zones and low utilization of resources, as well as diminished performance of equipment caused by interfering process sequences. With simulation complex coherences become transparent. The variables of a process are identified, hence companies can act proactively instead of reacting to unidentified bottlenecks.
Perfect planning with simulation
In addition to the optimization and back-up of your planning the model is the communication platform between all members of your project team. Proposed ideas can be represented transparently and analyzed with regard to their effectiveness. Already in the planning phase the simulation specialist can contrast and evaluate process alternatives and determine the optimum before you invest. The processes can be tested under arbitrary parameters and influencing variables. This ensures the flexibility and thus the competitiveness of your company as well as a sustained yield of your investments.
Complex systems are often controlled by software such as material flow computers. Commissioning of this software with a simulation model not only provides you with the opportunity to test and optimize the control even before the real system is completed, furthermore is considerably accelerates investments projects and increases software quality.
Simulation can also serve as an operative planning tool in manufacturing enterprises and distribution warehouses. Order sequences for examples can run through a simulation model before being integrated into the system in order to ascertain improvement potentials as well as adherence to target criteria such as delivery dates. It helps to schedule maintenance or prepare operational strategies to cope with an equipment breakdown. Operators can be trained using the simulation tool to gain an thorough understanding of the system, which will help to reduce reaction time when technical assistance is required.
Win over your customers and purchasers
How do you gain trust of your customers in the bidding phase? With a graphic 3D-animation your system or logistics concept becomes intelligible and comprehensible. At the same time simulation gives you the security for the future implementation already in the offer phase.