Is your company considering making improvements to eliminate slowdowns or bottlenecks, or adding new equipment? Are you considering a consolidation, expansion, or a need to change the supply chain? If you are looking for a low-cost, low-risk option before investing in any major changes, then warehouse simulation software, run by experienced industrial experts, may be the best choice for proof of concept and, ultimately, optimization of your warehouse operations. Boston Industrial Consulting specializes in using simulation modeling as a powerful tool for designing, planning, and optimizing warehouse operations. Let’s take a closer look at how warehouse simulation software can benefit your operations.
Supply chain management and optimization can be complex. It involves understanding multiple flows of goods, information, and a myriad of networks of suppliers, warehouses, shippers, and carriers. The improvement of equipment, staffing, layout and product flow can lead to substantial cost improvement. One way to manage this complex operational and statistical situation is to use sophisticated simulation algorithms that take into account equipment breakdowns, weather delays and all other internal / external stimuli that affect a supply chain, making the proof of concept as realistic as possible. Boston Industrial uses simulation software to conduct a comprehensive analysis of option optimization before any physical changes are made. Flexibility of the simulation software makes it easy to adjust and fine tune models before purchasing new equipment.
For example, actions and items which can be optimized include:
- Frequency of material flow to identify and eradicate bottlenecks and slow-downs
- Layout and floor space requirements
- Quality and quantity of transportation and material handling equipment
- Trucking schedules – loading and unloading
- Staffing needs and requirements
- Adherence to OSHA requirements
- Cost analysis
- Operations / personnel scheduling
- Reporting on Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
- Reporting on current and optimized inventory efficiencies
Simulation software shows how automated material handling systems will operate and determine throughput rates. Simulation can demonstrate proof of concept but identify design flaws evident only when the system is used. The output of simulation and allow crucial decisions to be solved before equipment purchase or project implementation. In the end, a simulation can take into account the specific requirements of your business that demonstrate how theories or proposed solutions will work in real time. Call Boston Industrial Consulting at (978) 739-0399 or visit our website at BIC to find out more about our advanced simulation software and how it can benefit your business operations.