What Is Material Handling System Simulation and How to Implement It

Have you looked for new and innovative ways to train your personnel on material handling? Have you been searching for a tool that educates and engages? Look no further than material handling simulation. This tool is an exercise that simulates operations that create the real life experience without the stress of a live operation. These simulators create a variety of material handling scenarios. As a result of this comprehensive training interface, operators can enter live material handling situations with confidence, prepared for a variety of occurrences. This technology is a true testimony to adapting new ways to increasing mastery in the workplace. Here are a few more benefits to material handling system simulation and how you can implement it:

1) Test Scenarios– Simulations are situation-based. With this being said, test scenarios allow you to test the influence of a new piece of equipment or visualize what your system will look like after five years of aggressive growth projections. These situations are based on quantified models that reflect expected output based on information algorithms contained in the software. As a result, what you see occur in the simulation is what you can expect to take shape in real-time events. According to Bastian Solutions, some of the most common and frequently tested situations offered in these interfaces, include: Increased Volume According to Growth Projections, Equipment and Staffing Changes, Modifications to WMS/WCS/WES Logic, Introduction of New Products, Volume from an Acquisition or Merger, Equipment Updates and Increased Storage. All of these impact procurement operations and multiple aspects of the supply chain and thus offer ergonomic upside to any investor.

2) Track System Components– Material handling simulation allows owners to monitor key performance metrics and moderate operations according to quality standards and logistical imperatives. Results are visually displayed in a graph format or a dashboard that anyone can use for evaluation. Many of the prominent metrics featured, include order completion time (OCT), error and exceptions (variance analysis), inventory optimization, and system throughput. For those seeking to integrate Six Sigma, LEAN, Kaizen or Agile methodologies into their existing practices and protocols, material handling simulation affords takers the opportunity to do so. These programs are also an excellent tool to be used with popular industry software such as SAP.

3) Reduces Costs and Promotes Productivity– To some these devices may seem like a bit of an investment and luxury compared to a necessity. However, this technology has been proven to be an asset to businesses as it promotes cost-effective and efficient operations. The purpose of simulation is to validate and verify all the rudiments of any design will perform as expected. Simulation packages offer critical findings that would be hard to observe or identify based on current assumptions through manual investigations. These automated processes find areas of improvement seamlessly and aid enterprises in isolating facets of the operation that could use optimization or automation. Given the fact these interfaces are easy to install, any organization can find these earmarks in a matter of minutes.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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