- Supply chain & logistics
- Sydney, Australia
- Project goals
- Ensure investment in new equipment would provide ROI
Achievements with Simul8
Identified key points to be addressed in the proposed design
Experimented with ideas in a risk-free environment to find best solution
Validated new assembly line design and ensured ROI on new equipment investment
About the project
CHEP is the world's leading pallet and container pooling company. Part of the $11 billion Brambles Group, CHEP operates in 38 countries across six continents, providing equipment pooling services to many industries.
Pallet and container pooling is the shared use of high quality pallets and containers by multiple customers or users. CHEP maintains their customers' pallet pool and ensures that all pallets are in good condition by cleaning, inspecting and repairing any damages in their service centers.
CHEP provides pallets for more than 100,000 customers, including Wal*Mart, Procter & Gamble, Kellogg's, Kraft, Nestle, The Home Depot, Unilever, Hewlett Packard, Ford and GM.
CHEP contributes about 40% of the Bramble Group's revenue, with efficient processes in service centers vital to maintaining this contribution. Continuing investment in the business has lead to new technology being introduced, automating certain processes used in the cleaning, inspection, and repair processes.
This process has also led to a complete redesign of the flow of pallets through service centers. As such, CHEP needed to validate this design and ensure that investment in machinery and equipment would provide a return to shareholders quickly and effectively.
"You can't design systems like this without simulation, and the earlier in the design process you use it the better."
Project Manager, CHEP