Optimize staffing requirements and utilization
As well as machinery and equipment, staff such as line-side operators, shared task operators, forklift drivers and maintenance workers are key resources in driving the overall production process.
Simulation is effective for determining the best strategy for assessing resource requirements and placement, as well as optimizing the balance of resource tasks.
With advanced robotics playing an increasing role in supporting human operators, interaction between them is becoming more seamless, enabling production line operators to collaborate with, train and manage robots on the production line.
Simulation is valuable for providing great insight into these complex shared tasks, including travel and walk times, as well as distinguishing between 'automated' and 'manual' tasks within a cycle time.
For example, simulation can highlight whether a station is waiting for a part, or waiting for an operator. This allows manufacturing engineers to design robust work stations that won’t pace the line, or become a bottleneck due to overloaded operator utilization.
With SIMUL8, skilled trades such as millwrights, electricians, pipefitters, and tool-makers can also be added to models to determine the optimal onsite maintenance crew. These skilled trades can be added to activities where breakdowns occur, thereby gaining critical insight into the plants repair and maintenance strategy.