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High Bay Warehouse Simulation – reduced travel distances and double handling, as well as optimising picking and put-away strategies are common outcomes

largest industry demands for glass, went into recession. We were able to divert resources and investment to other divisions, Prosim and Simulation Solutions; this resulted in a growth spurt driven by sales of Prosim simulators to China and realisation of the latent potential in Simulation Solutions. Inspection Systems has since recovered and as that division enters a new growth phase it is Prosim that faces challenges in sales. Testing capacity is being met by existing simulator capacity in the Western markets, new simulator sales have slumped, the cycle will repeat and we expect to see a return to growth in the next five years. During these cycles, Simulation Solutions remains our most consistent performer, providing stability and opportunity to deliver efficiencies for our customers. Campaigning for optimum efficiency as best practise In twenty five years of providing simulation services and software I have not yet been involved in a project that did not pay for itself in either or both reducing capital expenditure or improving productivity. Simulation is attractive because making wholesale changes to a physical manufacturing plant is perilous; it provides insight into behaviour of manufacturing

operations, allows experimentation with seemingly ridiculous ideas and helps senior management select which changes to implement. All at zero risk to ongoing operations. Simulation is not new technology, yet the number of cases without this step included in facility design is inexplicably low. The benefit of simulation was estimated in a German industry study (VDI-directive 3633) as: » » 2%–4% reduction in investment costs can be achieved. » » 0.5%–1% of the investment costs are the costs of the simulation. From my own experience, I would suggest these figures are pessimistic, perhaps because simulation isn’t as widely applied in the UK. It is not unusual for clients to achieve a 5–10% reduction in investment costs as a direct result of using simulations. As a Director of Simulation Solutions with over 25 years experience, I remain passionate about simulation, my mission is to raise awareness of the value simulations can add to the processes of designing new factories and manufacturing. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to arrange a complimentary consultation for your business.

How Simulation Solutions help manufacturing efficiencies: » » Reduce errors » » Maximise capacity » » Mitigate risk » » Test innovations

It is not unusual for

clients to achieve a 5–10% reduction in manufacturing investment costs as a direct result of using simulation

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