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Warehousing Simulation What is warehouse simulation?

Warehouse simulation uses a computer model to better understand and improve a real warehousing system. Simulation is a proven technology that enables an organization to analyze and experiment with its warehousing process in a virtual setting, reducing the time and costs involved with physical testing. Storage, docks, conveyors, AGVs and even personnel can be quickly introduced and adjusted in the simulation model, letting companies determine how best to fully utilize their resources and maximize efficiency.

Warehouse simulation using FlexSim

What is FlexSim?

FlexSim is a powerful yet easy-to-use software package for simulation modeling. A fast and accurate simulation engine is hidden behind drag and drop controls, drop-down lists, and many other intuitive features that make it accessible for anyone to build a model. All simulation models are created to scale and are presented using 3D visuals—you won’t believe how quickly you’ll be able to watch your virtual warehouse go through its regular operations. Make observations, determine which elements of the system are lacking in efficiency, and figure out which changes will result in improvement. FlexSim also gives decision makers the data to confirm these observations, with impressive statistical reporting and analysis built right into the software.

Why simulate warehousing?

The need for an effective, modern warehouse has never been greater—labor costs, equipment costs, and customer demand continue to rise each year. Simulation provides a way to put a warehouse to the test in a risk-free environment without disturbing the existing warehouse system. It also helps to determine minimum operating costs without sacrificing throughput.

Why simulate with FlexSim?

Answer important questions – Simulation with FlexSim can answer important questions that warehouse decision makers face every day. Just a few examples:

  • Are we maximizing our storage locations to optimize product movement?
  • 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Full 3D simulation – Take a leap out of the outdated and into our custom-built, true-to-life 3D environment! FlexSim brings a better visual experience to simulation modeling, providing rich 3D objects to make your model look more realistic. 3D simulation modeling brings the system to life and helps foster communication between personnel at every level.

Case Study

Critical Decision Making

See how Bastian Solutions used FlexSim as an invaluable decision support tool by creating a working simulation model of an automated warehouse.

Powerful, easy-to-use features just for warehousing – We’ve developed a suite of incredibly powerful and capable tools that are tailor-made for representing your warehousing operations in a simulation model:

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AGV Module

This powerful (and free!) add-on contains a strong object library and deep customization options. Our AGV module was built with real-world systems in mind, utilizing familiar industry terminology (such as Look For Work and Control Points) and intuitive tools.

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Conveyor Module

Another free add-on that was created specifically for modeling complex conveyor systems. It combines the detailed needed for warehousing applications with an easy-to-use interface and logic options.

  • Model slug building and release without writing a single line of code.
  • Choose pickup and dropoff points for more realism in modeling picking operations.
  • Customization for Power & Free systems, acceleration/deceleration, and much more.
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Process Flow

This logic-building tool is a centralized and visual representation of your warehouse logic, enabling customized options for tasks like picking and placing. Combined with our powerful Lists, you have complete control over inventory management, slotting, and backorders in your simulation model.

Ready to improve your warehouse? Try FlexSim free today to see why it’s the clear choice for warehousing simulation.