Simulation Provides a Detailed View of Your Operation
The power of simulation is almost a requirement these days because it forces attention to detail and provides a window into your processes. It documents nuances. It will help you learn more about your operation. You can see the interaction of how one process impacts another that you would not be able to see on a spreadsheet of data.
Yes, simulation has a big upfront cost, but it lowers the barrier for subsequent analysis. Like any worthwhile investment, simulation requires education and buy-in. If you have a lean operation and an engineering presence, you may have a higher level of readiness for simulation. In any case, you will start with a model based on the big picture. And while building the initial model takes the most time, as the quality of input is key, it provides the ability to run many scenarios.
Most SMMs start with smaller projects, such as simulating the tool path of a part, or applying heat algorithms to see if a part will warp or wear. But you will soon be able to take on more complex simulations, perhaps improving your material handling by determining whether to move work pieces by line or crane.
Simulation’s long-term potential is unmatched in terms of transforming your manufacturing operations.
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