Material Flow and Handling
- Throughput Evaluation
Throughput Increase, Inventory Reduction, Revenue Increase
Everyone is being tasked to meet the production numbers, reduce the in-house inventory and become more efficient in the daily operations. Our Simulation Team can assist you in all of these areas. We can develop a detailed simulation model of your facility which will identify your current bottlenecks, product sequence impacts, identify minimum and maximum requirements for buffer banks which can reduce inventory. Our detailed model and reports will identify:
- Complete list of system parameters
- Uptime numbers for each major system
- Your system design capability
- Top three bottlenecks in your current system
- Sensitivity studies for minimum and maximum carrier numbers
- Experimentation reports on various operating scenarios
- Final Report generation and presentation
Throughput Evaluation involvers determining the amount of time for conveyed material to pass through a system. A Throughput Evaluation can:
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- Validate that the planned line-supply systems are able to meet the desired production volume.
- Identify line-supply system elements that require improvement or adjustment to meet an anticipatated production change.
- Provide routing and rebalancing solutions to resolve shortages in an active production environment.
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- Bottleneck Identification
Finding locations where material doesn't flow as desired or expected. Bottleneck Identification can:
- Provide both the statistical information and visual identification of the bottlenecks that can then be resolved.
- Help in the decision-making process when a production change is being considered.
Bottlenecks can be identified with the use of various tools. Examples include:
- Identifying the point of change (i.e. the system goes from a block to starve condition)
- Ranking stand-alone processes based on utilization
- Line Rate Sensitivity Analysis
- Accumulation Sensitivity Analysis
- Uptime Sensitivity Analysis
- As-Built Performance Testing
As-Built Performance Testing
Investigating how efficiently the current and/or planned equipment and process will function. As-Built Performance Testing can:
- Quickly analyze unanticipated production changes due to market or economic conditions.
- Immediately assess production changes being considered.
- Driver / Vehicle Optimization
Driver / Vehicle Optimization
Determining the right amount of material handling equipment and drivers, and optimizing their workload. Driver/Vehicle Optimization can:
- Ensure delivery drivers meet production demands.
- Create scenarios for different material-handling methods and equipment.