Within a high mix/low volume manufacturing scenario, the same categorical object is made, but it uses different and customization parts, shapes, colors, etc... Within this type of manufacturing setting, it is important to learn how to most effectively create the desired products. Because of the high level of variability in the operation, related costs can often be high. Simcad Pro is a sophisticated simulation engine that can be utilized to improve the overall efficiency of manufacturing, which in turn can improve output of products and increase profits.
Using Simcad Pro's patented dynamic simulation engine, managers, supervisors and other process improvement experts can perform analysis, detect delays and bottlenecks, and generate real solutions with ease. Because Simcad Pro does not require users to write code to generate models; it can easily be used by multiple people. Different users have the ability to collaborate with one another within the model about possible changes, different scenarios, etc... Through the different features of Simcad Pro, users can perform "what-if" scenarios in order to increase efficiency, preparedness and production levels. Changes can be made "on-the-fly" while the simulation is still running. This allows users to view immediately the effect that different changes have on the model and system as a whole.
Simcad Pro allows the user to create an environment that has the capability to create the customized objects made in High Mix Manufacturing. Information and data can be uploaded through Excel, ERP, etc... in order to set the desired parameters for creation. Additionally, historical information about the operation can be imported into the system to provide the users with mathematically accurate data. Simcad Pro allows users to import CAD layouts as well, ensuring that travel distances for people and materials are accurate.
With the simulation built, parameters such as timing, resources, capacities, etc... can be set to be consistent with those in place in the actual manufacturing environment. Once the model is running, the users are able to visually see where backups are occurring throughout the production process. Changes in workers, capacities, pathways, etc... can be made as the simulation is running, allowing the users to see if the changes help to fix the problem. Simcad Pro can help to channel resources, cut costs and increase productions by identifying, analyzing and optimizing the current system.
Advantages and Capabilities of Simcad Pro Simulator:
- Product sorting and grouping for high mix operations
- Detailed routing analysis for every object flowing through the system
- Implement tooling constraints and view the impact to find the optimal number
- Efficiency computation reports
- Impact of sequencing of the products on the operation
- Optimization of sequencing to reduce set-up/changeover time
- Part based efficiency and its effect on the overall model
- Impact of labor resources on process
- Cycle time breakdown showing non-value added time and schedules in a Gantt chart format
- Effects of transition and product movement on the flow