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Manufacturing and Logistics
American Food Manufacturer Shows How Packaging and Palletizing Improves Production and Plans for Growth with the Use of Simulation
An American food manufacturing facility was looking to buy a new palletizer for their packaging / palletizing floor. The manufacturing group needed to perform a capacity analysis of the 13 existing palletizers in the facility which supported 29 production lines. The company was facing challenges keeping up with consumer demand for their popular products. ProModel was brought in to build a pilot model of the packaging and palletizing floor.
The first set of objectives were to analyze and understand the following elements of the current operations:
The next set of objectives involved analyzing the impact of different changes to the system:
- Case type throughput for an eight-hour shift
- Packaging line downtimes
- Palletizer utilization
- Cases per pallet
- Conveyor length
- Adjusting palletizer downtimes
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Department of Defense
ProModel in the Army Classroom by COL(R) Pat Sullivan
A new logistics management course is being offered by the Army. The Senior Logisticians Advanced Course (SLAC) is taught in two-week sessions under the management of University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
UAH is host to six sessions annually. The course is intended to merge logistics theory and practice, and promote critical thinking and decision making. The instruction includes comprehensive lectures, small team exercises, and short discussions to prepare students for their capstone exercise.
ProModel’s Vice President for Army Programs, Pat Sullivan serves as an instructor. Pat teaches an 8-hour block on facilities and support equipment, and cyber-security to the class of over 30 senior Department of the Army Civilians.
Leveraging experience as a former Army instructor and Brigade Commander in Iraq responsible for the transfer of over 8900 HMMWVs to Iraqi forces, and experience gained in process modeling and decision making at ProModel, Pat promotes the necessity for creative thinking and a systems approach when developing options for mission execution.
"The key is to teach the senior logisticians the concepts of planning unconstrained and then determining the effects of resource constraints on the mission." says Sullivan
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Get ready for Fall Semester - Now is the time to add simulation to your curriculum
Teaching simulation to your students will give them a head start when they reach industry. Learn some of the benefits of including simulation as you teach techniques for process improvement.
- Accurate Depiction of Reality
- Insightful System Evaluations
- Dynamics for Predictive Analysis
- Understand Interdependencies
- Better Experimentation and Data
- Animated Visualization
- Advanced Optimization Techniques
- Bottom Line Savings (Hard Dollar, Soft Dollar, and Labor Saving along with many Intangible Benefits)
For more details on any of these topics visit Justifying Simulation to understand the benefits of simulation.
Students Understand Simulation Theory and Application Using ProModel to Work with Toyota Production System
Mark Klee an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Kentucky University details how using ProModel in his course has given his students an advantage after graduation.
He states, “As a result of the course and ProModel, students have deeper understanding of both the theory and application of process improvement allowing them to be an instant contributor to a manufacturing organization upon their graduation.”
For the complete article visit the ProModel Blog and read “From Reality to Model.”
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