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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.

Using Discrete Event Simulation to Solve Agent Based Problems

By Mark Grabau, Chief Data Scientist
Published: February 29, 2016

Mark Grabau from IBM shares his experiences using Discrete Event Simulation to solve Agent-Based problems in the Retail market.

Responding to Growing Complexity with Health Care Simulation – Take Down the Sticky Notes

By Pierce Story, MHPM, Co-Founder & VP
Published: January 29, 2016

Health care systems continue to grow even more complex. Hospitals are challenged with the proactive, holistic management of population health rather than the treatment of disease and ailments after they erupt. Furthermore, the continued concentration of health resources into single regional provider networks challenges the ability to effectively consolidate and streamline service provision to improve cost and quality rather than merely consolidating pricing power. Simulation has become increasingly important as hospitals continue to try to break down the departmental “silos” and create the system-wide operational scenarios that promote change and staff buy-in and enable the future of care delivery.

Getting More from Arena with Operational Decision-Making

By Rob Kranz, Director/GM
Published: December 5, 2015

A number of forward-thinking companies are expanding their use of simulation beyond strategic decisions and re-purposing these models for operational use. While strategic models tend to address larger directional decisions for a business; operational simulation models are focused on making the best decisions about how the process should function over a much narrower time-horizon using real-time data about the current state of the process.

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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