Hewlett Packard (HP) is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of electronic equipment. For more than a decade, HP have been using simulation to improve production throughput, process times and increase profits to their bottom line.
HP used SIMUL8 to simulate the assembly and test process in the manufacturing of test and measurement products. The inputs for the simulation for one particular product family included a comprehensive mix of data, including cycle times for process stages, machinery failure rates, labor availability, shift patterns and storage capacities.
By varying orders and labor availability, HP's simulation could determine the most effective set-up of the production line. According to Ian Harrison, QMD at HP, the simulation not only met its objectives but also illustrated the delays and constraints within the process, and presented opportunities to reduce and eliminate non-value adding activities.