- Fabriano, Italy
- Project goals
- Design and test control rules for new conveyor system
Achievements with Simul8
Increased understanding of the whole system
Confidence that the solution would work prior to installation
New system can better manage the complex product mix more effectively
Indesit Company is one of the European leading manufacturers and distributors of major domestic appliances (washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, cookers, hoods, ovens and hobs). It is the undisputed leader in major markets such as Italy, the UK and Russia.
The existing production line at a Cooker manufacturing facility relied on human product allocation from 8 assembly lines into a 14 lane sortation area. Due to the complicated product mix in the factory, it proved very difficult for a human to assess which item should go to which lane and change lane allocations in a quick and accurate manner.
Getting the lane allocation wrong or not changing it in time for new models easily caused a bottleneck, possible production losses and extra work for the distribution department.
To maximize the efficiency of the process a PLC conveyor system that automatically allocated a range of unique products to sortation tracks at the end of these assembly lines was to be installed. Simul8 was used to design and test the control rules of the system before installation.
"We chose Simul8 because it provides rapid model development, a high degree of control over entities within the simulation and superior graphical execution of the model that helps with troubleshooting and customer buy-in."
Systems Engineer, Indesit