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Restricted Areas: How to control access for transporters (Part 6)


Restricted Areas: How to control access for transporters (Part 6)

A key part of the AnyLogic 8.6 update related to the Material Handling Library. Now the movement of transporters such as AGV can be restricted by area and access can be permitted conditionally: by transporter number, by schedule, by throughput, and more.

This technical blog guides you through how to use these restricted areas and demonstrates them with the help of a practical example model: Areas with Limited Access for Transporters.

Network port: Learning to use the Material Handling Library (Part 5)


Network port: Learning to use the Material Handling Library (Part 5)

Part five of our series on AnyLogic’s Material Handling Library, a library specifically designed to help model the work of factories, warehouses, and other facilities where goods are moved, processed, and sorted.

This blog demonstrates how to connect individual conveyors, and any processing stations on them, into a single conveyor network using the Network Port element.

Ready to level up? Then let's dive right in!

Webinar: Fundamentals of the AnyLogic Material Handling Library


Webinar: Fundamentals of the AnyLogic Material Handling Library

Learn how to model multi-level environments and how to simulate automated guided vehicles and cranes in this webinar video recording with supporting materials.

Using four example models, our in-house simulation expert and head of training in North America, Dr. Arash Mahdavi, introduces the fundamentals of the AnyLogic Material Handling Library. Understand the possibilities the library presents and see how to get started.

Material Handling Library Tutorial: AGV, Cranes, and Conveyors


Material Handling Library Tutorial: AGV, Cranes, and Conveyors

AnyLogic Help has a new tutorial: Lead Acid Battery Production (Material Handling). By following the tutorial, you can learn how to model material handling processes using AnyLogic’s specialized Material Handling Library. The tutorial explains step-by-step how to create a model of a lead-acid battery production line. The model includes path-guided and free-space automatic guided vehicles (AGV), conveyors, and cranes. Check it out!

Warehouse Modeling and Optimization Saves Millions for Cardinal Health


Warehouse Modeling and Optimization Saves Millions for Cardinal Health

Being #26 in last years’ Fortune 500 list, Cardinal Health is a billion dollar pharmaceutical distribution and logistics company. Its clients are hospitals, pharmacies, physicians, and individual consumers. They face a multitude of typical distribution warehouse challenges that are further complicated by the nature of pharmaceutical products, which are smaller in size, consumable, expensive, and could be life critical. Company’s warehouses have narrow passages, and workers operate big multilevel trolleys. That increases the probability of employees’ mistakes and makes these mistakes costly.

Learning conceptualization; Simple warehouse unloading model.


Learning conceptualization; Simple warehouse unloading model.

This short tutorial shows how to build a simulation model based on a real-world problem description, using an example of a simple warehouse unloading process model. Also, it teaches to set animation and choose what-if scenarios to test. The AnyLogic User Support Team created the tutorial. The model simulates the arrival of trucks with two types of cartons to a warehouse. Workers unload the cartons, which then move on conveyors to the pallet stacking zone. After palletizing, the goods are moved by forklift trucks to the storage zone. Download the tutorial and accompanying material via our website.

Disruptive Technology Change in Distribution Center Automation


Disruptive Technology Change in Distribution Center Automation

There has been a dramatic increase in investment by both venture capital and strategic investors in new robotics technologies for supply chain automation. These investments have been driven by rapid changes in expectations for consistent, fast, flexible consumer experience across all channels. Traditionally, automation and associate order fulfillment software has been optimized around a limited set of products (or SKU’s) and for the requirements and constraints of a specific channel between manufacturer and consumer. This may result in different, and potentially incompatible technical solutions being implemented at the same distribution center. The new expectation is that the retailer provide a consistent, and hopefully superior, consumer experience, regardless of which channel is most convenient for the consumer to use.

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