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Jon Santavy

International Partner Manager with Arena Simulation

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The Problem is Process, Not People

By Jon Santavy, International Partner Manager
Published: June 1, 2017

"It was a system failure." - United CEO. It's easy to blame a person, and if you want to improve it's imperative to blame the process.

Three Tools for Optimal Production Planning

By Jon Santavy, International Partner Manager
Published: December 21, 2016

Seasonal demand challenges have an effect on production planning throughout the year. In particular, the fashion and apparel industries are fiercely driven by seasonal demand, and this industry requires accurate planning to ensure the right products are on the shelves at the right time. With Arena, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the largest athletic apparel, food, and specialty manufacturing companies struggling to manage production planning in the face of seasonal/uneven demand. In this article, I'll share with you three tools industry leaders are using for optimal production planning.

Simulation and the Future of Packaging

By Jon Santavy, International Partner Manager
Published: April 29, 2016

In the past, packaging lines were limited by complex changeovers and limited flexibility. But with new technology, companies are able to increase production rates, enhance flexibility and decrease system maintenance. Rockwell Automation is driving this advancement with new products like iTrack and MagneMotion. With these improvements in technology comes an even greater opportunity for simulation to help companies understand the value and implications of these advances.

18 Realities Every Engineer Must Understand (or Struggle)

By Jon Santavy, International Partner Manager
Published: March 31, 2016

Dr. Kenneth McKay, University of Waterloo, has more than three decades of experience with simulation and industrial engineering methodologies, and he was happy to share what he recognized as the most important things to prepare for when working on a project and selling an idea to a leadership team. He’s put together 13 important steps while building a simulation model and 5 steps before the sell.

7 Steps to a Successful Discrete Event Simulation Project

By Jon Santavy, International Partner Manager
Published: November 13, 2015

Ask any experienced modeler, ‘What’s the most important part of modeling?’ and you’ll be surprised that a majority will say the same thing – planning! The first part of planning is establishing a structure for your project and in this first issue we are introducing Rockwell Automation’s Project Guide to share the structure that we follow when planning a project. Are you following these steps in every project? Are there steps that you’d like to include?

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