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SIM TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION – Case Studies
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Company: TRW – Automotive Component Manufacturer
Product Used: Capacity Planning and Scheduling System
Objectives: Determine the throughput capability and any potential bottleneck areas of a new assembly system used to produce Remote Keyless Entry Systems.

Results:
The existing assembly systems was producing approximately 56% of the required production. This situation was costing TRW hundreds of thousands of dollars on a weekly basis both in penalties and costs. STC developed computer models of the existing system and identified the solutions necessary to achieve a daily production rate of 10,000 units. SIM Technologies Corporation facilitated the implementation of the recommendations and TRW was able to achieve the required rate within a 6-week period without any additional capital investment.

Objectives: Develop software application tool to:

  • Import Long Range Planning (LRP) volumes from multiple databases
  • Calculate Capacity Planning Volumes (CPV) for each manufacturing facility (8 facilities) to determine the labor, floor space, equipment, and capital requirements by year and quarter
  • Use for long term capacity planning

Results:

  • Prototype system delivered in 4 months
  • Linked to external data bases
  • Successfully used to generate divisions five year plan
  • Improved accuracy of planning process by establishing a common data base for all operations within division to plan from

Objectives: Determine the throughput capability and any potential bottleneck areas of a new assembly system used to produce Remote Keyless Entry Systems.

Results:
The assembly system (being built in Japan) was modeled. It was determined that the system being built was only capable of producing 60% of the projected production rate. The model identified the problem and solution necessary to achieve the projected rate. The assembly system was modified in Japan prior to successful implementation in the U.S.