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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

  • 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
  • AnyLogic has a nice object-oriented feature that allows you to create a component and reuse it, which is very useful to us, plus, the user interface has many built in charts. The most valuable feature of AnyLogic to me is to export a model, and let anyone run it on their computer without a software license.

    Victor Chang, Software Engineer,
  • 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
  • AnyLogic helps predict risks and trade offs to support decision making. It allows the users to visualize and validate plant design to gain buy in and ensure future production capacity, and forecast future workforce needs and risks. AnyLogic is very flexible, you can integrate it with many things. The software seems to evolve, and the developers listen to comments.

    Wenchun Annie Wang, Industrial Engineer – Simulation,
    CH2M Hill
  • We use AnyLogic to understand better, improve and demonstrate how complex systems work. My personal favorite aspect of AnyLogic is the fact that it compiles the simulation models into a general purpose, fully object-oriented program language, like Java. Which allows us to embed optimization algorithms into simulations without writing unnecessary code.

    Onur Dulgeroglu, Senior Analytics Engineer,
    GE Global Research
  • 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,
  • 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
  • With AnyLogic, we can develop real time models to show our clients how their factories will react to different types of scenarios. We can also help them understand their problems and think of possible solutions. We can even try these solutions in the model! AnyLogic is user friendly. With little programming knowledge, you can create your own model and learn more by using the software.

    Marina Perez Gaido, Industrial Engineer,
    Continente Siete
  • 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
  • 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

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Case Studies

  • GE Manufacturing Plant Uses AnyLogic for Real Time Decision Support
    In 2012, GE opened a new battery manufacturing plant in conjunction with the launch of an innovative energy storage business. GE’s exciting opportunity brought on many new challenges, such as increasing production throughput and yield under evolving processes and uncertainties, and reducing manufacturing costs in order to gain market share. The GE Global Research Center sought out a powerful and flexible tool to analyze, not just the specific process, but the manufacturing system as a whole.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Simulating Ice Cream Production: Recognizing Constraints and Optimizing Production Plan
    Conaprole, the biggest dairy production company in Uruguay, produces more than 150 SKUs in their ice cream plant, using five production lines, and up to five different packaging configurations for each line. The management’s challenge was to be able to reformulate their plans in order to balance supply and demand and make sure they would avoid stock-outs in key products. They also sought ways to optimize the use of their production capacities.
  • Simple Simulation Model Helps Intel Avoid Production Plant Downtime
    Intel factories used a particular type of equipment that often broke down, which caused capacity constraints. These expensive parts were used in critical factory operations, and the repairs took significant time, so it was necessary to have extra spare parts on hand to avoid downtimes. Broken parts caused constraints at some of the factories while other factories over purchased spares.
  • Highly Automated Production Line Planning and Optimization
    Centrotherm Photovoltaics AG is a global supplier of technology and equipment for the photovoltaics, semiconductor, and microelectronics industries. The company needed to identify the best automated production line and factory configuration to minimize costs and maximize throughput and reliability.
  • Shipyard Proves Order Fulfillment Capability and Gains Visibility into Production Facility and Distribution
    Faced with a large order for diesel powered submarines, Admiralty Shipyards JSC must evaluate whether the current production facilities can fulfill the order, and if not, what amount can be produced by the year 2016. Admiralty Shipyards JSC is also seeking confirmation that an additional production facility will not be needed to complete the order.
  • Analysis of Management Strategies for the Aircraft Production Ramp-up
    The Airbus Group joined the European Union ARUM (Adaptive Production Management) project, which is focused on creating an IT solution for risk reduction, decision-making, and planning during new product ramp-ups. The project is aimed mainly at aircraft and shipbuilding industries. Simulation was chosen as a part of the ARUM solution, because it would allow the participants to reproduce the real production facility experience.
  • Modeling the Cladding Leak Detection Shop of a Nuclear Reactor's Module
    The cladding leak detection shop is part of an automated line of fuel assembly production. Leak control is based on heating the fuel element groups. While warming up, defective units eject the control gas, which is detected by a leak locator. The defected group is divided into two parts. Each part is screened in the same way until the leaking fuel element is found.
  • 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.