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Decisions regarding Manufacturing development, optimization, or reorganization are driven by many factors and can be costly while the potential benefits are often hard to justify prior to implementation. Traditionally, decisions are made based upon intuition and past experience, sometimes with the support of spreadsheet tools. But these approaches can be risky and are far from modern management decision support. Simulation is one of the most powerful techniques currently being used to analyze manufacturing systems, evaluate the impact of changing various system parameters, and making the right probabilistic or multi-scenario informed decision.

Simulation modeling is widely used in manufacturing for various problems from intermediate process optimization to strategic management. Simulation allows you to test capital-intensive strategies “in silica”. Even the implementation of well-understood manufacturing strategies such as JIT or Lean benefit from simulation that allows you to analyze not just the specific process but the manufacturing system as a whole. Reducing the number of physical experiments and changes through the use of simulated experiments, for example, can be a huge advantage in personnel change management and “process fatigue”.

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Reviews & testimonials

  • AnyLogic is a very powerful software that enabled me to create a simulation model using two different simulation paradigms at once. By this it enables me to create simulation model that is scalable - very detailed scale at the one hand and a large scale representation of another aspect of the system on the other hand that is simulated with the discrete-event approach. Furthermore, AnyLogic provides the possibility to establish hierarchy in the simulation model itself. Thus the software can be used to create simulation models of any complexity.

    Tobias Rahm,
    Ruhr University Bochum
  • The most flexible simulation modeling tool on the market - 1) through the Java platform and access to Java programming when needs for tailor-making the model appears 2) through the possibility to mix different modeling methods. Good libraries with predesigned objects and building blocks (with great flexibility in themselves), continuous improvements and enhancements in new versions, and a very good and customer-oriented support function, makes the big picture more or less complete in my view!

    Stefan Bengtsson,
    County of Stockholm
  • I am new to the AnyLogic product, but have gotten up to speed quickly. In part, this reflects the strength of the product itself - the ability to design the simulation logic graphically, using the extensive set of tools provided. However, the AnyLogic staff has also played a large role, through training and support. The technical team even added custom features to the language to better support my specific needs.

    Roger Baugher,
    TrAnalytics LLC
  • The functionality of AnyLogic is very wide. Though using it requires some training, it will pay off in savings.

    Alexander Sedov,
    Ulyanovsk Construction Materials Plant
  • Many specialists take part in plant planning process today, with everybody having their own vision, which has to be considered. AnyLogic is the best tool both for getting the operational data about the future system and an opportunity to visualize the work of it. This allows all the project participants to concretize and detalise their perceptions of how future plant has to be designed, and as a result, avoid mistakes while implementing the project. When huge long-term investments are involved, avoiding bottlenecks allows to save a lot of money during the years of plant operation, and AnyLogic is the way to help us in it.

    Nikita Shchedrov, Project Engineer ,
    Begarat LLC
  • AnyLogic is an extremely powerful software to create complex simulation models. We haven been working on Rough Cut Capacity model, with a large number of SKU`s and production lines, and the diversity of AnyLogic features and methods enable us to model all complex situations along the production process. All along our development we have received an outstanding support, always in time and very clear. The support team even developed some custom examples to fulfil our needs. We feel AnyLogic is a great tool with an excellent support team.

    Elisa Elena,
    ITE-CONSULT

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Case Studies

  • Production Planning in Marine Industry
    The managers of one of the most important Italian yacht manufacturers needed a new, intelligent approach that would make the planning process simpler. The objective was to give the real production planner exceptionally rich planning information, which would allow the person to test and refine a plan before its implementation.
  • Shipyard Capacity Analysis
    With AnyLogic simulation software as the centerpiece, NASSCO utilizes a custom-built analysis system called the Large Scale Computer Simulation Modeling System for Shipbuilding (LSMSe) to provide highly detailed and accurate capacity analyses for both current production and potential new work.
  • Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant Uses a Simulation Model of Electric-Furnace Melting Shop
    The model simulates the redesigned ground environment and production processes of the shop floor to be renovated. This is one of the significant examples of simulation modeling technology appliance in metallurgical industry.