Better Decisions from Smart Software

From ArcelorMittal: Better Decisions from Smart Software

This article appeared in the February 2015 issue of ArcelorMittal Bremen’s internal magazine. It was translated into English from German and is being used with permission.

Our department, “Modelling and Simulation T02,” has the task of helping ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH to optimize processes, minimize costs, boost efficiency, and come to the best decisions.

Lessons from a Massive Model

Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith when taking on a new project. Last year I had the opportunity to develop a FlexSim model of a 1,000,000 square-foot, multi-story distribution center operation. The client wanted a comprehensive model that could emulate all of their major operations, from receiving, put-away and picking to sorting, packaging and shipping.

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Zane: Inventor, scientist, 9-year-old

I’d like to tell you about an invention. It’s called the Inkstop Mk1, and it was awarded second place at the Invention Convention last year. This device can be used by law enforcement to stop fleeing vehicles, ideally in a safer manner than (or in conjunction with) existing methods. And that’s all I can tell you — the 9-year-old inventor is still hoping to patent and even produce this device one day, so I’m not at liberty to divulge any of the specifics.

Lean Warehousing Best Practices: How FlexSim Can Help

LeanCor Supply Chain Group, a thought leader in lean logistics and supply chain, recently released a list of best practices in lean warehousing. In the article, they assert that “lean warehousing is necessary and plays a critical role and must be integrated into the entire supply chain.” Let’s take a look at three of these important best practices and show how simulation with FlexSim can help make them possible:

Fantasy Football and Simulation

Fantasy football sets the example for simulation use

The National Football League (NFL) season is starting tonight, so fantasy football players across the globe should have already drafted the teams they will be loving, hating, and generally laying their hopes upon for the next 17 weeks. The rules are simple: draft a team of real NFL players, score points each week as those players accumulate statistics in real games, then tweak your roster via trades and additions to account for injuries and poor performance. Rinse and repeat until the season is over.

FlexSim 7.3 to debut with a focus on convenience

One of FlexSim’s technical support representatives remembers an incident that cost him a sizeable chunk of time while on a support case. During his work on the model, Cameron Pluim accidently overwrote the save file containing the changes he had made. Luckily there was a backup, but almost an hour of work was lost because an AutoSave feature, now available in FlexSim 7.3, wasn’t available yet.

“I would have loved to have had AutoSave then,” Cameron said. “I think it’ll be well appreciated now.”

FlexSim Quarterly, July 2014

We have two more excellent papers for you in the July 2014 edition of FlexSim Quarterly. First, university student Abdulkadir Atalan (Clemson University) shares his paper, “Central Composite Design Optimization Using Computer Simulation Approach,” which utilized FlexSim Healthcare for the discrete event simulation component. Then, a joint white paper by individuals from V-Research and Schelling Anlagenbau, “Emulation-based Solutions for Virtual Planning and Commissioning of Production Plants,” examines simulation’s role in finding optimal solutions for performance in cut-to-size plants.

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