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kara@createasoft.com  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, June 17, 2015 11:56:08 AM(UTC)
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Material Handling with Simcad Pro Simulator



Within the manufacturing arena, material handling is a practice that must be examined in order to improve efficiency, utilize equipment thoroughly and use time and resources wisely. Simcad Pro has shown to improve efficiency, reduce bottlenecks and delays, cut costs and maximize productivity.


Using Simcad Pro's patented dynamic simulation engine, multiple users can work together in order to perform analysis, detect delays or shortcomings, and generate real solutions with ease. Because users do not need to write code in order to create models, valuable time is saved and additional training or experience is not required. Simcad Pro can perform "what-if" scenarios, which allow user to generate different circumstances and how each one will affect the overall production and processing of the system. These "what-if" scenarios allow users to make changes as needed, prepare for possible situations and implement a plan of action, if need be.


Using Simcad Pro, the user can decide how to better utilize available equipment. The Simcad Pro system can take into account the maintenance and downtime of each piece of equipment to help the user to decide optimal schedules. The user can also choose different types of resources (forklifts, automated storage and retrieval, workers, etc...) and see how each one affects the total efficiency of the system to optimize the operation.


CAD layouts of the warehouse or assembly line can also be imported through Simcad Pro to generate accurate travel, aisle and movement distances. The layout can be changed and altered to show how different layouts can change production times. The layout of shelves and pathways can be examined to minimize wait time and increase productivity. The user can also change equipment type used in order to optimize usefulness and cost. For example, different methods of product movement, from forklifts to conveyor belts, can be implemented to see how it changes the time, efficiency and cost of the operation as a whole. Different resources can be tracked using GPS or other external data sources and the tracking information can be used to make necessary changes and improvements. The ability to change different processes and settings within the system through Simcad Pro allows the user to save time and money by reducing the risks associated with the changes.


Advantages and Capabilities of Simcad Pro Simulator:
Track and collect data from equipment from GPS or other external data systems
Optimization of movements, reduce wait times
Analyze the impact of different technologies
Changes in throughput
Payback time period
Choose different types of equipment to utilize and in what roles
Test the best ways to utilize equipment and improve efficiency
Track and reduce non-value added time from movement
Reduce warehouse or assembly line congestion by creating more efficient routes
Implement changes to the model and project cost impact


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