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SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract by a global systems integrator of factory automation to model and simulate an existing multi-million dollar production system in order to identify deficiencies and optimize production capabilities.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide engineering consulting services to add significant upgrades to the Capacity Planning & Scheduling System software used to simulate and optimize the entire production operations for plants of a large international manufacturing company.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide engineering consulting services using the Capacity Planning & Scheduling System software to simulate and optimize the entire production operations for 4 plants of a large international manufacturing company.
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Problem: After a significant investment in new plant, a manufacturer could not obtain the expected production rates.

Solution Approach: SIM Technologies Corporation (STC) was asked to simulate the baseline using the Arena simulation software, and then determine the optimum, improved version for the customer’s automated line system.

Goal: Find cost effective methods to improve capability to as much as 90 carriers per hour.

The application of STC’s recommendations speak for themselves. The scheduling methodology recommended by STC’s simulations had the following results:

1). Carriers per hour (output) rose from 46 to an average of 79 per hour, which is an increase of 70%
2). Change rates dropped from 700 per 8 hours to 445 per 8 hour a decrease of 63%
3). Rework was reduced from 30% to 18%; a decrease of 60%

Best of all, this project required NO additional capital investment to achieve these improvements.

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An international multi-billion-dollar manufacturer of critical parts for the automotive OEM sector had made a significant investment to increase their daily throughput from 5,600 units per day to 10,000 units per day. The company was not able to achieve this new production requirement.
SIM Technologies Corporation (STC) was asked to create a digital simulation model of the entire manufacturing facility to determine the throughput capability and any potential bottleneck areas in the manufacturing system used to produce the end item.
This situation was costing our customer hundreds of thousands of dollars on a weekly basis both in penalties and costs. A computer simulation model was created of the existing operations and identified the solutions necessary to achieve the required daily production volume. The model clearly indicated that there was more than enough capacity to achieve this volume. It was determined that the scheduling process was the bottleneck. STC facilitated the new production schedule process and was able to achieve a production rate of 10,000 units per day in a 6-week time period. This effort did not require our customer to make any additional capital investment in order to achieve the required production rate.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has recently completed a new version of the Global Supply Chain Planning System (GSCPS) software. The purpose of GSCPS is to simulate and optimize the customer’s entire global supply chain processes. The user can vary all of the process parameters and forecasted demand to conduct “what-if” analysis in order to optimize the entire Global Supply Chain processes. The customer said, “Using the Global Supply Chain Planning System (GSCPS) allowed them to:

–Provide the Global Product Supply (GPS) with an enhanced tool to accurately
predict the financial and production impact of sourcing or manufacturing the
same SKU at multiple locations
–Assists GPS in the make vs. buy analysis for SKU’s with multiple manufactured
or sourced options
–Provides a simulation study for each scenario that measures and records
dynamic data (such as inventory carrying costs) on a rolling daily basis for a
specified time period
–Supports the structure and planning of a World Class Supply Chain

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SIM Technologies Corporation recently completed several updates for an international multi-billion-dollar customer’s simulation/optimization software package. They told us that they’ve never seen a package like this and how much it is helping them optimize and sell their proposed integrated production systems. They’ve asked for a quote to provide more software licenses for their internal use.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide engineering consulting services to provide a software program to simulate and optimize the production operations for a large defense contractor.
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An international multi-billion-dollar manufacturer of critical parts for the aerospace and defense industries wanted to increase investment casting mold production by optimizing the throughput of the shell making process.  The manufacturing team wanted a tool to quickly simulate and report the results of a potentially unlimited number of candidate continuous improvement projects.  SIM Technologies created an easy-to-use user interface for the customer to enter the varying parameters of the complicated process including demand by job number and day, system load and unload times, conveyor speeds, dip and dry cycles times and changes in the control logic.  For each scenario, the simulation provided:

  • Throughput capability and Station utilization
  • Station queue sizes
  • Total process time by job type
  • A listing of the operating parameters associated with each scenario
  • The average, maximum, and minimum time in each queue
  • The average, maximum, and minimum number of jobs on all the conveyors used in the system
  • The day each job was completed

This software tool allows the user to let their customer’s know the day their respective parts will be completed with a very high degree of confidence.

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SIM Technologies Corporation has successfully completed a software system for a large systems integrator to allow them to simulate and optimize proposed production systems for their customers to ensure the customers are getting the optimal and most cost effective production solution. The simulation/optimization software is currently being used to show a customer how a proposed multi-million dollar system has been optimized to meet the customer’s forecasted production requirements
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SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract by a large systems integrator to develop a software system to allow them to simulate and optimize proposed production systems for their customers to ensure the customers are getting the optimal and most cost effective production solution.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide engineering consulting services to develop and conduct an analysis of the vehicular traffic flow for internal supply chain in and around the West S Lane dock operations at Toyota’s Canada production facility (TMMC).
SIM Technologies Corporation has developed a prototype software package used to simulate and optimize vehicular traffic flow for the current/planned interstate and roadway systems
SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide engineering consulting services to incorporate mulitple enhancements in the development of the computer simulation model used to optimize Alcoa’s IGT Shelling processes located in Normandy, France.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has completed a project for a multi-billion dollar international manufacturing company to determine the requirements to achieve the following objectives for proposed Production Processes for Internal Component Manufacturing:

1. Determine the production personnel & equipment requirements to produce the
Components based on the forecasted demand
2. Improve the overall material flow & storage requirements of the proposed
process operations
3. Determine the floor space requirements to consolidate as much of the
proposed process operations as possible into one area
4. Minimize the total “on-hand” inventory
5. Develop the implementation plan to include the proposed production/process
operations & process improvements
6. Identify any process improvements
7. Identify potential bottleneck areas
8. Determine the projected In-process inventory requirements

The results achieved on this project are noted below by the customer:

“STC delivered value: product cost reduction of near 30%, inventory reduction of 15%, reduction in order to delivery of 40%. STC delivered detail results and evaluations of our value streams that realized value and exceeded expectations. The internal customer that we worked with had such success with this in-sourcing project that they have since repeated this process on 2 additional product lines.” Automation Team Leader

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A large multi-billion dollar international automotive OEM asked SIM Technologies Corporation (STC) to conduct a detailed analysis and make recommendations the following Assembly, Test and Packaging operations:
• Climate Control Devices
• Electronic Crash Sensors
• Diagnostic Module
• Integrated Relay Control Module
• Fuel Pump Driver Module
• Variable Relay Control Module
• Programmable Speedometer/Odometer Module
• Remote Anti-theft
• Remote Keyless Entry
Using the Arena simulation software, STC simulated all the processes to determine the following:
• Identify a more cost-effective assembly and test method for the Instrument Cluster product families (in terms of equipment and personnel)
• System throughput capability
• Develop a system to include the Flexibility/Adaptability to accommodate changes in the production requirements
• Improve floor space utilization
STC was able to reduce the 12 dedicated assembly lines to 6 flexible assembly lines resulting in the following results:
Phase I:
• Annual labor savings of $1,000,000
• Annual facility savings of $60,000
• Floor space savings of 10,000 sq. ft.
Phase II:
• Potential annual labor savings of $940,000
• Potential floor space savings of 10,000 sq. ft.

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SIM Technologies Corporation has recently completed a project for a large international automotive OEM to simulate and optimize a new supply chain/logistics approach. This project encompassed the Direct Suppliers, Main Route Suppliers & the entire internal logistics processes which included:
• Fork trucks
• Tuggers
• Automated Guided Vehicles
The main objectives of this project were to develop a Conveyance Vehicle simulator program that utilizes the current layout & can accurately show results of a desired change before any investment of manpower or equipment is needed, to minimize the on-hand inventory & eliminate any potential for lineside stockouts. SIM Technologies was able to successfully determine the following:
• The optimum Quantity Per Container by part number
• The qty. of containers & frequency to be delivered by each supplier
• The qty. of containers & frequency to be delivered by internal vehicle type
• The total number of internal vehicles required by vehicle type
Output is in the form of customizable tables & graphs that highlights the problem areas. A graphical animated simulation is easily displayed if desired. For more information or a demo please contact us at www.simtechcorp.com or 513-753-1205.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has recently completed a new version of the Capacity Planning & Scheduling System (CPSS) software. The purpose of CPSS is to simulate and optimize the customer’s entire production processes. The user can vary all of the process parameters and forecasted demand to conduct “what-if” analysis in order to optimize the entire production process. The customer said, “Using the Capacity Planning & Scheduling System (CPSS) for one of our customers allowed us to simulate, validate, and optimize a new “Pull” based production system. This tool allowed us to successfully identify and resolve capacity constraints, reduce inventory levels, while increasing the rate of production and making on-time deliveries to customers. CPSS allowed us to be very proactive instead of reactive in the planning process.”
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SIM Technologies has successfully integrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the Flexible Mfg. Simulation System (FMSS) software. Prior to incorporating AI into the FMSS software, the user would run a scenario and first check the results to see if the required production was achieved. If the required production was not achieved, the user would check to see if there are any resource constraints. The user would incrementally increase the respective resources until the required production is achieved. The AI automatically goes through this logic until the required productions requirements have been achieved with the push of one button!
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Simulate, optimize and develop a finite schedule for your processes without any required programming! An international multi-billion-dollar manufacturer of critical parts for the aerospace and defense industries wanted to increase investment casting mold production by optimizing the throughput of the shell making process.

The manufacturing team wanted a tool to quickly simulate and report the results of a potentially unlimited number of candidate continuous improvement projects.

SIM Technologies created an easy-to-use user interface for the customer to enter the varying parameters of the complicated process including demand by job number and day, system load and unload times, conveyor speeds, dip and dry cycles times and changes in the control logic.

For each scenario, the simulation provided

· Throughput capability and Station utilization
· Station queue sizes
· Total process time by job type
· A listing of the operating parameters associated with each scenario
· The average, maximum & minimum time in each queue
· The average, maximum & minimum number of jobs on the conveyors
· The day each job was completed

This software tool allows the user to let their customer’s know the day their respective parts will be completed with a very high degree of confidence.

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SIM Technologies Corporation has started developing Artificial Intelligence algorithms to be integrated with it’s simulation/optimization software programs!  There will be more to come soon!
SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide engineering consulting services to simulate and optimize a production system for UTC Aerospace Systems Singapore operations.
TOYOTA
SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract by a large systems integrator to optimize an existing production system
TOYOTA
SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide engineering consulting services to develop and conduct an analysis of the vehicular traffic flow for internal supply chain in and around the weld operations at Toyota’s Mississippi production facility (TMMMS).
mazak
SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to upgrade the Flexible Manufacturing Simulation System (FMSS) software to include up to 16 machining centers in a cell. This software is used to optimize and finite schedule Mazak’s Palletech Machining Cells.
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SIM Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract to develop a computer simulation model used to optimize Alcoa’s IGT Shelling processes located in Normandy, France.