Simulation enables system optimization
Simulation benefits not only sales and marketing, but also the actual factory design. Simulation helps in optimization and especially in avoiding errors in advance.
A practical example comes from the wood processing industry. Initial calculations indicated an output of 500 planks per hour for the production line. However, the simulation showed that the output would actually be as few as 400 planks per hour as flaws in the drive reduced the feed rate.
Using simulation, the central bottleneck was identified. The project planners then optimized processes and increased the performance of some resources. In the end, an output of 500 planks per hour was achieved.
“It was only through the simulation and its realistic modelling of dynamic interactions that we were able to discover the weak points of the system at an early stage and ultimately meet the requirements to the complete satisfaction of all concerned.” says Alois Wiesinger.
As the example indicates, simulation can be an invaluable asset in reaching the goals for any production line.