Factory simulation

Simulations serve to optimize manufacturing and logistics processes: Manufacturing and logistics processes are often extremely complex. For good reason – they have to accommodate many variants and be very versatile. Despite – or perhaps even because of – this complexity, many decisions made in this domain are rooted on experience or reached with rudimentary tools.

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Potential of factory simulations

Which manufacturing unit is best equipped to produce which product? What type of manufacturing and logistics staffing schedule is most productive in the event of unscheduled disruptions? These typical questions are best answered with data-based simulations.

We can map your entire value chain to a digital twin, help you pinpoint bottlenecks, and optimize the design of your processes throughout the factory or for individual machines and systems. Building on the insights gained with our simulation, we will work with you to develop solutions that boost productivity.

If you wish, we can run a one-off factory simulation to answer your questions, or provide an enduring alternative for daily use. To this end, we have to integrate the simulation into the manufacturing systems and automate input and output variables. When we do this, our priority is always to build an efficient simulation for daily and weekly production scheduling and management – that is, a tool you can handle without assistance from simulation specialists.

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Experience is good; simulation is better! Simulations enable you to make well-informed decisions in manufacturing based on comprehensible data and facts.

Jens Hetzler, Simulation Expert

Motivation

With digital twins of machinery at their disposal, factory managers and equipment operators find it so much easier to plan new production processes and optimize their value chains. For example, a virtual model of equipment or plants enables them to spot bottlenecks during the planning phase before they install machines or build an entire factory. The digital twin can then serve to validate the effectiveness of optimization measures.

Machine and systems vendors can also simulate their products to gain the competitive edge. A manufacturer can use a custom simulation kit to advise customers in the most efficient of ways. Product simulations are also powerful tools for integrating systems into the customer’s manufacturing environment. They help provide the best fit and facilitate commissioning. This creates tremendous value for the manufacturer and customer alike.

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An example of a project for our customer TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen

Solving problems & creating value

With our firm grasp of simulation methods, we are able to simulate production lines very quickly to meet your unique requirements. Our experts can model the machinery, automation units, warehouse components, product and order handling processes, and production scheduling, rendering all this with remarkable accuracy and detail.

Simulations are a fast, easy way of rendering very precise digital models of production lines and factories. They are powerful tools that manufacturing companies and machine and systems vendors can use to plan their production runs, scale their plants to size, and monitor operations.

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Webinar: Digital factory twin

This webinar presents innovative methods of simulating factories. The two featured use cases show how our professionals apply and automate insights gleaned from simulations of manufacturing systems.

Key Takeaways

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The underpinning for fact-based decisions

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A quick way of pinpointing optimiziation potential

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Continuous application & utilization of results

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