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Manufacturing Process Optimization

Manufacturing operations are facing pressure to become more efficient than ever. At the same time, they are becoming more specialized. Optimization of manufacturing processes requires getting it right the first time. There is no room for guesswork. Understanding system interactions, variability and resource interactions is a must when evaluating improvement options. These interactions are critical to manufacturing and are almost impossible to model in a spreadsheet, leading to decisions that can miss significant aspects of the real system.

What is Manufacturing Optimization?

Manufacturing optimization is a computer-based model of your manufacturing process that can be used to validate, test and improve the performance of your process.  Simulations in the virtual world can be used to predict and improve actual performance quickly, cheaply and with lower risk than tests in the real-world.  The result is enabling companies to increase throughput and reduce cost by using operational models that incorporate relevant variability and system interactions. With a functional model, all of the following can be determined:

  • Identification of the bottlenecks and utilization of equipment within the manufacturing operation
  • Achievable range of production throughput given the variability of manufacturing times and impact of product changeover and maintenance downtimes
  • Ideal capacity of raw material and finished goods, storage areas, tanks, conveyors, and other equipment sizing decisions

Effective optimization requires simulation, and that’s where Arena can help.

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