ProModel Supports 10th Annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open
Critical event raises funds for PAVE program to support and address issue of veteran employment
ProModel Corporation announced its support and sponsorship of the 10th annual Paralyzed Veterans Golf Open a full day event on June 19, 2017, that brings together veterans, their caregivers and families, business leaders, military officials and government officials. This is the second year that ProModel has supported the PVGO, a unique event that enables paralyzed veterans and disabled military members to play golf alongside professional athletes and other supporters and showcase the latest adaptive sports technology.
Since its inception in 2008, the PVGO has dedicated 100% of funds to Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) program, which provides free, one-on-one career assistance, benefits counseling and support to any veteran or family member, as well as assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans. Read the rest of the press release
ProModel Sponsored Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo
The Tennessee Valley lineman rodeo is a two-day competitive event started in 1998 by and for the employees of Tennessee Valley Authority power distributors. Huntsville Utilities is a very good ProModel customer, so supporting them by sponsoring this event was a natural.
The Rodeo, which includes competitive events for apprentices, journeyman teams of three, individual linemen and senior individuals (age 45 and up) recognizes and rewards excellence in safety, skill and knowledge in their field.
Held in various locations across the Tennessee Valley, the Rodeo provides an opportunity for line workers to showcase their talents and for family and friends to show their support. Participants, spectators and sponsors continue to look forward to the Rodeo as it cultivates a pride in the trade and a kinship among participants and attendees alike. View an article and action videos of the event. See the full press release and all pictures here.
ProModel and MedModel 2018 Coming This Fall
The exciting news about this upcoming release is that the user interface is being upgraded. In this initial phase, we are focusing on a more modern, fluent user interface with total control of your application workspace. This significant version will include a Ribbon Toolbar, Docking Windows, and Right-Click Context Menus.
The traditional menus and toolbars are being replaced with a fluent Ribbon toolbar like you find in Microsoft Office applications. The new Ribbon will make it easier to access the various modules and features within the application and better facilitate touch screen and high-resolution devices.
Windows will be docked within the new workspace interface, which means that when you adjust the size of one window, the others automatically resize accordingly. Say goodbye to overlapping windows. You will also be able to stack windows on top of each other and quickly access them from their respective tab thus saving valuable view space.
Right-Click Context Menus
Context menus will be available in every table and accessible by right-clicking in any field within that table. For example, you will be able to quickly delete, insert or move a record with a simple right-click of the mouse.
ProModel offers comprehensive training for all our modeling software. We provide basic, advanced and custom training taught by our expert instructors and consultants. You can choose between pre-scheduled public classes at one of our locations or we also offer private on-site trainings or jump-starts scheduled at your convenience and at your own facilities.
More Refresher Training Videos Available
We have been conducting live monthly refresher training webinars for domestic, commercial customers with current maintenance agreements. In January and March, we conducted a comprehensive 3-hour Process Simulator refresher training. In February, we taught one on ProModel and MedModel.
April’s class was about a ProModel AutoCAD app to help with large DC and Warehouse modeling and May featured a customer success story of implementing a hospital case cart system into a new OR suite along with tips and tricks on driving your models using Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets.
You can now access these videos as well as the pdf of the presentation and the demo models on our website here: Access Webinar Materials
We will continue to provide live on-line interactive training for the rest of the year for our domestic commercial customers with current maintenance. You may register for the June and July Training webinars below. If there is a topic you would like covered just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 27 1-3 pm ET: Lean and Six Sigma with Process Simulator
July 25 1-3 pm ET: Optimization With Simulation
See the rest of our training resources here: http://www.promodel.com/services/Training
Check out our “How-To” video playlists for ProModel/MedModel and Process Simulator
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Increasing Use of Custom ProModel Integration Yields Big Benefits
Traditional modeling provides great benefits, but can do more…
Over the past 29 years, ProModel users across a spectrum of industries have demonstrated the value that modeling can bring to an organization.
Increasingly, however, ProModel customers are looking to extend these benefits by integrating their models with other IT systems to develop web-based decision support tools. These model-based tools utilize a ProModel engine on a server, read in live data and utilize ProModel simulation and optimization capabilities to provide forecasting, automated scenario exploration and prescriptive suggestions.
Custom integration amplifies the value of a good model
A good model (traditional or integrated) is composed of several key elements:
- Process forecasting
- Operational data
- Resources & constraints
- Business Priorities
- Prescriptive Analytics
Custom integrated model(s) take all of the above, integrate it with live data and makes its power available in a live, web-based format so that tactical decision-makers at all levels of the organization can utilize it. In a live integrated environment, prescriptive analytics can be provided daily or even hourly in support of near real-time decision-making.
A growing portfolio of proven custom integration success stories
ProModel has now developed about half a dozen custom predictive prescriptive platforms with direct integration of the ProModel server into the customer’s operational IT environment. Examples include:
- Shipyard Manufacturing Capacity Planning: AREAS
- Supply Chain Planning: DST
- Personnel Readiness: AST
- Hospital Patient Flow Optimization: FutureFlow Rx
Benefits of integrating models with live data systems
It makes sense to consider integrating models with live data systems in order to leverage the investment already made in real-time data. This can amplify the benefit from predictive prescriptive decision support models as well as provide automated data informed forecasting.
Read the full blog post
To learn more about custom integrated modeling contact email@example.com
Retail Has Transformed – Has Your Distribution Center?
It seems everything changes so rapidly these days with technology leading the way. What is interesting, though, is how technological changes create a ripple (tsunami) effect in other industries. Take retail as an example, there is no doubt online purchases have increased and the negative impact that has had on certain retailers is evident. After all, when is the last time you went to the mall? Chances are if you are over 18, you can’t remember.
Because so many purchases are now online, retailers are facing shipping smaller quantities of goods more frequently. These shipments will go either direct to stores or direct to customers. Retailers must make accommodations for these changes and adjust their strategies in order to remain successful. Those retailers who makethe appropriate adjustments will have a higher chance to succeed.
So just how do you adjust your existing distribution centers to accommodate these changes?
Find out how at the blog post
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Joint Force Capability Catalog (JFCC)
The United States Military consists of more than 4 million active and reserve men and women, operates at 800 military bases in over 70 countries and has an annual budget of nearly $600B. The requirements to manage this force globally and ensure it is adequately equipped, trained, and ready to implement both our National Security Strategy and National Military Strategy are daunting tasks.
The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has doctrinally mandated the integration of Enterprise Force Structure data (Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps forces – capability, readiness, availability and employment) via the Global Force Management – Data Initiative. This effort will provide the Force Providers (Services), the Combatant Commanders (Force Requirements), and the Joint Staff (Force Allocators) with a technology-enabled Decision Support Platform to carry out the National Military Strategy.
The Joint Staff J35S has been tasked with the technology implementation of this capability, called the Joint Force Capability Catalog (JFCC). The Joint Staff J35S has chosen ProModel Corporation to design, develop, and implement the JFCC. Learn more about the JFCC
MedModel OR Case Cart Implementation Study
Hospitals face increasing pressure to reduce costs while continuing to provide quality care to patients. The operating room, one of the most difficult and expensive wings to manage, must run efficiently in order to avoid unnecessary costs. Hospital managers often implement case cart systems which create a centralized materials management system. Case carts carry medical supplies within an operating room. The case cart system ensures that the staff obtain the necessary materials and instruments in time for their upcoming procedures
This study was undertaken to test the impact of implementing a case cart system on the OR process in a client’s newly configured OR Suite. The impact was determined by patient delays in any stage of the OR process that was attributable to case carts.
The model was designed to answer the following key questions:
- Has the medical center acquired enough carts to satisfy the volume requirements?
- Are there enough Sterile Processing Department resources to support the case cart process?
- Will the case carts introduce any new delays in the patient process?
- How many carts need to be staged prior to morning start to ensure smooth OR Suite flow?
The model outputs suggest that maximum patient throughput could increase by 38% in 6 months with the implementation of a case cart system. The following additional insights were also gained from the study.
- Determined that 55 small carts and 28 large carts are needed to ensure there are no delays due to case carts
- Determined that 6 SPD FTE’s are required to pack the morning case carts and 4-5 SPD FTE’s are required during normal OR operation hours
- Realized that cart picking must begin as soon as possible after midnight to ensure there are enough carts ready at the start of the day. To maintain a steady flow, the carts must be available and ready for the first two procedures. The modelers found that maximum case cart use time occurs early for a maximum of 1 hour
- The implementation of case carts caused no significant delays in patient flow times.
Watch the webinar and get the slides and demo model pkg file here. This webinar really highlights how an external spreadsheet can be used to drive a model. Read the full story here.
Teaching Supply Chain Management with ProModel
Blog Post by Professor Patrick Shannon, Ph.D. Boise State University
Patrick W. Shannon, Ph.D., is a professor of operations and supply chain management at Boise State University. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business statistics, quality management, lean manufacturing and other areas of operations and supply chain management. Professor Shannon developed a curriculum for his supply chain class, using ProModel Simulation which he used for over 10 years.
To provide you some insight into how you can use ProModel in the classroom, Professor Shannon was kind enough to allow us to share the materials he used. To access his materials Read the full blog post.
ProModel Offers Guest Lecturers for Classroom
Are you currently teaching a class including simulation? With a current maintenance contract for your professor or lab package you are eligible to have a ProModel subject matter expert give a web-presentation to help your students understand a particular topic or simply understand how simulation is used in the real world. If you are interested in learning more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ProModel Corporation offers all professional software packages for teaching and research purposes at an extremely discounted rate. (Signed Academic License Agreement is required.)