You need to plan a new business process or design a new facility, but how can you be sure that it will be fit for purpose or what the most effective implementation should be?
Simulation is used by organizations to design, validate and optimize new processes and facilities before investing in and implementing the real system.
Simulation can be the missing link between excellent design and successful implementation.
There are a lot of elements that need to be carefully planned when it comes to designing new processes and facilities. Decisions have to be made around staffing, resources, capacity, procedures and processes, as well as identifying how these could change over time in response to growth or varying demand.
Simulation gives you the ability to make confident, evidence-based decisions when planning new processes. By testing and validating the flow of events in the proposed process using SIMUL8, you can take every element into consideration, identify constraints and compare different scenarios to consider all possible implementation approaches.
SIMUL8 can be used to answer a diverse range of planning questions:
When devising new processes, there are usually many ideas about the most effective approach for implementation from various stakeholders. But it can be nearly impossible to tell which of these ideas will work, and which will only increase costs or prove ineffective.
Simulation gives you the ability to create digital prototypes of the proposed process flow or facility so you can throughougly assess every idea in a risk-free environment.
Using SIMUL8's flexible software, you can easily change any aspect of the simulation, run the results and continually optimize the process to see the impact of those changes within a matter of seconds.
Traditional planning tools like spreadsheets can effectively model a static scenario but what happens when you need to determine the impact of random events on the proposed process, like breakdowns on an assembly line or surges in patient demand in a hospital?
Simulation allows you to understand how the system will cope with these unexpected scenarios or surges in demand. This allows you to test these type of scenarios before they happen, and in any of these situations, understand the ‘breaking point’ for your space, processes, and resources.
Using SIMUL8, you can quickly run the simulation 2, 10 or even 100 years into the future of the process in seconds. This provides insight to make stronger, confident planning decisions now - instead of when it could be too late to change the outcome.
By testing every scenario, you can confidently build a process or space that is fit for purpose, while also building in flexibility to cater for increased demand or future growth.
Throughout the design process, you need to see how the proposed system will affect not just space, but also staff and equipment needs, anticipated processes, and the expected ongoing operating costs.
How might a change to one element of the process effect the rest of the system? These interdependencies are too complex to model in traditional spreadsheets or even using Lean and Six Sigma.
By simulating the entire process with SIMUL8, this allows you to see the big picture and understand any downstream effects of the new process before implementation to avoid any costly mistakes.
Simulation is visual and animated, so it helps you to very clearly demonstrate the benefits of new processes to decision makers and generate a desire for change.
Far too often, great opportunities can be passed by because the project potential was lost in a long briefing report or because nobody was really captivated by presentations full of colorful charts.
Simulation is more convincing than just displaying the end results, as stakeholders can see the new process play out in front of them. As they can easily see and understand exactly how the new process will work, stakeholders become much more engaged with proposals and recommendations.