What is warehouse simulation?
Warehouse simulation is the computer-based modeling of a real warehousing system. Simulation enables an organization to analyze and experiment with its warehousing process in a virtual setting, reducing the time and cost requirements associated with physical testing. Storage, docks, conveyors, forklifts and even personnel can quickly be introduced and adjusted within the simulation model, allowing companies the opportunity to determine how best to fully utilize their equipment and maximize efficiency.
FlexSim is powerful yet easy-to-use software for simulation. A comprehensive and innovative simulation engine is hidden behind drag and drop controls, drop-down lists and many other intuitive features that make it accessible for anyone to experiment with a model. All simulation models are created to scale and are presented using 3D visuals, making it easy to watch a virtual warehouse go through its daily operations and visually observe which elements of the system are lacking in efficiency. FlexSim also gives decision makers the tools to confirm their observations, with impressive statistical reporting and analysis built right into the software.
Why simulate warehousing?
The need for efficiency in industry has never been greater, with personnel, fuel, transportation and material costs continuing to rise each year. Simulation provides a way to put a warehouse to the test in a risk-free environmentwithout disturbing the existing warehouse system. It also enables users to determine minimum actual costs without sacrificing the required output.
Why simulate with FlexSim?
Answer important questions – Simulation with FlexSim can answer important questions that the warehousing industry faces every day. Just a few examples:
- Are we maximizing our storage locations in order to reduce movetime?
- Are our products getting to the right place at the right time?
- Have we succeeded in reducing WIP to the lowest possible level?
Full 3D simulation – Take a leap out of the outdated, flat simulation environment and into something better. FlexSim brings a better visual experience to the world of simulation models, providing rich 3D objects to make your simulation look more realistic. 3D simulation modeling brings the model to life, and aids in communication and discourse for staff members at all levels.
Easy to use, yet powerful – FlexSim presents user-friendly tools like drop-down menus and drag and drop functionality allow beginners to build and test models in just minutes, with no background in computer coding. And with a bit of practice in FlexSim’s intuitive Logic Builder, or by using some basic commands, users can get the most out of this extensible and powerful simulation engine.
Consider every viewpoint – Unlike other simulation software products that are built with a narrow focus, FlexSim has the flexibility to answer any question about your warehousing process. You can view the operation on a deep level that goes beyond simple observation. Designers can track custom variables, consider variations in downtimes of processing equipment, test different order sizes, and much more.
No project is too big – FlexSim is capable of simulating any sized project, no matter the scope or complexity. All facets of a project, including receiving, picking, batching, packing and shipping, can be simulated in just one FlexSim model.
Competitively priced and cost effective – With a variety of license types and a comprehensive support network, FlexSim provides industry-leading value to its customers. Our 3D simulation software is competitively priced and doesn’t come with any hidden costs or add-ons, so even a basic license comes packaged withpowerful features such as the experimentation engine and the ExpertFit® distribution-fitting software.
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