Simulation modeling allows the resources involved in
a manufacturing process – workers, equipment and
technology – to be tested and analyzed in a “virtual”
Simulation modeling is the only method that provides both
objective analysis, and detailed animated visualization of
the process. It is an integral component of many lean
manufacturing programs, particularly those that involve
conveyor material handling systems. For a sample of our
simulation work, click here. (It's a large file – please allow
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Simulation modeling is an excellent tool for companies
operating or planning to buy conveyor material handling
systems, companies who want to implement more lean
manufacturing at all levels of operations, and companies
who want to validate their preliminary designs before
moving forward on a program.
Simulation modeling is an exceptionally efficient and
- For manufacturing management to
“prototype” a process
- For plant managers to sell a proposed
concept to management
- For those charged with productivity to
identify waste, or factors that limit throughput
- For team leaders to make adjustments that
allow best possible application of labor resources
- For production personnel to
quickly and definitively
test-out alternatives for achieving a goal, such as
increased production, a change in product mix,
conversion from batch to continuous flow,
or inventory reduction
- For facility planners to test the effects of
a renovation, shift addition – or change in
- For training departments to help new hires
become productive and confident
Simulation modeling mimics the facility’s specific
resources, throughput and constraints, and can be done
for a particular work cell, department, facility, or larger supply
chain. It is well-suited to conveyor material handling systems,
and to operations ranging from assembly to finishing to
shipping and distribution.
Animating the various production events, and visually
accelerating the timeframe, allows simulation modeling to
generate a compelling and objective overview that validates
good ideas, and makes the deficiencies in others clear and
Because simulation modeling can archive the various
possibilities that are considered, the performance of various
scenarios can also be compared using the model output data.
Achieving the best-possible outcomes – (and being able
to demonstrate that the best outcome was achieved!) –
is a powerful benefit of simulation modeling. No wonder so
many companies regard it as “no-risk” process engineering!
Pinnacle Engineering is a regional leader in simulation
modeling for high-value lean manufacturing and assembly.
We provide flexible, expert simulation modeling to suit your
program, whether it involves conveyor material handling
systems, lean manufacturing, or other goals.
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