A study of sorting and unloading rail cars using Flexsim Simulation Software.
St. Onge Company, a supply chain engineering firm, was assisting a food processing company in the northeastern United States to expand its facility. An important component of the expansion was a rail operation.
The main rail line branched into multiple end points, called spurs, where rail cars containing raw materials (ex., sucrose, peanuts, vegetable oil) were unloaded. The cars were brought in from the main line and stored in either a spur used exclusively for storage or on an available space along an unloading spur. Each raw material type had