Get to the root cause of bottlenecks and experiment with changes to resolve them
Businesses often face the same issues over and over again but you might not realize that these recurring problems could be a sign of one or more bottlenecks within a process or system.
Simulation is the perfect tool for bottleneck analysis as it not only helps you to identify the root cause but enables you to experiment with process changes to fix them.
Bottlenecks aren’t only counter-productive for output, they have wide-ranging implications across your business.
Bottlenecks limit output and lead to loss of revenue.
When products or services are delayed because of constraints, that extra production time becomes an additional cost. Delays in processing work can also lead to waste or items having to be reworked if they have a shelf life.
Bottlenecks lead to employee frustration and decreased productivity.
Staff can become overwhelmed if there’s too much work to effectively handle, they're unable to work to their best ability using ineffective tools, or face constant delays and changing deadlines from elsewhere in the process.
Bottlenecks hinder the ability to consistently deliver quality products and services.
If constraints result in slow or unreliable product or service delivery, or competitors can deal with your customer's requirements more efficiently, this could lead to decreased revenue and market share.
"Simulation enables us to create multiple scenarios where we can test our assumptions, validate variances between processes, and see how our distributions affect our manufacturing line. It also allows us to blatantly see any issues in the process versus having to find them.
Ben Van Straten, Industrial Engineer, Plexus Corp.
Identify missing or unclear processes, find where resources or equipment are constraining productivity, see where queues are building up, and many other issues.
No matter how complex, you can simulate any process involved in the delivery of your product or service – from raw materials or customers arriving in to your system, to global distribution centers and call centers.
By mapping out the process and building the simulation, you'll quickly get an accurate representation of how it’s really working and why bottlenecks are happening.
The key benefit of simulation is that any changes to processes can be tested in a risk-free environment, finding the right solution for resolving the underlying causes of bottlenecks before making real-life changes.
With in-depth simulation results, you'll be able to test different scenarios and measure how each change will impact your KPIs and performance.
As simulation is visual and animated, you’ll be able to see exactly where bottlenecks are building up in your process.
This visualization makes simulation a great communication tool for securing stakeholder buy-in to tackle constraints. Nothing is more effective at generating desire for change than showing decision-makers the impact of bottleneck issues playing out in front of them.
Organizations worldwide use the power of SIMUL8 to pinpoint and fix inefficiencies in their processes.