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Releasing ICU bed capacity using simulation

Simul8 Blog - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:58
Live webinar: Thursday July 6th, 11am (ET) / 4pm (BST)


In highly congested hospitals it may be common for patients to overstay at Intensive Care Units (ICU) due to blockages and imbalances in capacity.


Join the webinar and find out how “step-down beds” (also known as Level 2 beds), have become an increasingly popular and less expensive alternative to ICU beds to deal with this issue. Learn how the team at Ivey Business School were able to predict Level 2 bed needs for London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), a large university hospital in Canada.


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FlexSim featured at VIII Gala of Logistics

FlexSim Blog - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 16:44

FlexSim is excited to be represented at the VIII Gala of Logistics, an annual event focused on “implementing modern technologies into business life.” The gala, which will be held on June 8th, 2017 in Poznan, Poland, is organized by faculty of the Management Engineering department and the Simulation and Optimization Center in Logistics and Production […]

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Webinar: Testing Emergency Department improvements with simulation – a quality improvement perspective

Simul8 Blog - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:21
Live webinar: Thursday June 8th, 11am (ET) / 4pm (BST)


Join the webinar on June 8th and learn how Vidant Duplin Hospital, in North Carolina, are using SIMUL8 to test improvements in the Emergency Department.


In this webinar, you’ll hear from Amanda Peterson, Process Improvement Coordinator and Raul Medina, Lean Six Sigma black belt and lead Process Improvement Coordinator as they discuss their respective projects.


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About the simulation projects

  1. Implementing a Pharmacy Technician into the Emergency Department for Collecting Medication Histories

Amanda Peterson was tasked with using SIMUL8 to investigate the feasibility of implementing a dedicated pharmacy technician into the Emergency Department to collect medication histories during peak hours.

Inaccurate medication histories present a serious safety concern for patients and health care organizations. Previous studies suggest that a little less than half of medication histories collected contain errors (e.g. incorrect dosage, omissions, etc.), of which, about a fifth have potential to cause the patient harm. National best practices for collecting medication histories have yet to be determined.

Because collecting an accurate account of a patient’s medication history may influence their treatment and provides the foundation for medication reconciliation, hospitals have been working to identify local best practices. Unfortunately, many of these interventions target large medical centers and teaching hospitals and may not be feasible for smaller, rural hospitals, such as Vidant Duplin Hospital.

2. Emergency Department Growth and LWOT (Left without Treatment) Rate

For this project, Raul Medina used SIMUL8 to determine how many additional patients the ED could handle without exceeding a 2% LWOT rate with existing staff and space.

Locally, rural hospitals have seen an increase in Emergency Department (ED) utilization over the past decade. Vidant Duplin Hospital is not only seeing an increase in the number of patients presenting to the ED, we are also seeing an increase in patient acuity.

As the number of ED visits and acuity increases, there is a risk of increasing the rate at which patients leave without treatment. The current national benchmarks for ED LWOT rate is less than or equal to 2%. Vidant Duplin Hospital has maintained a yearly LWOT rate of less than 2% for the last 3 years.


Find out more about using simulation in healthcare

Simulation enables healthcare systems and processes to be tested in a safe, virtual environment without risk to patients and staff – supporting organizations to make better decisions, improve systems of care and maximize resources.

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Doing More with Less – Mastering Mixed-Model Assembly with Simulation

Simul8 Blog - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 08:52
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Automotive simulation expert Brian Harrington explains why tools like SIMUL8 are key to the successful implementation and ongoing performance of mixed-model manufacturing systems. Watch the ‘Balancing Mixed-Model Assembly Lines with Simulation’ webinar for more details and learn about how SIMUL8 is used to design, launch, and improve automotive production programs.


Why is mixed-model assembly on the rise?

Today’s manufacturing lines are tasked with being more flexible to maximize profitability and efficiency. To help meet this challenge, many manufacturers now utilize mixed-model assembly. This is where a group of products are produced on the same assembly line, without long delays to change tooling.

Such assembly lines improve production flexibility, help meet the increasingly diverse needs of customers and reduce the duplication of costly resources.

It’s particularly prominent in the automotive industry, where the idea of a dedicated plant to manufacture one vehicle type is now a thing of the past. With advances in manufacturing tools and technology, today’s assembly plants are more capable of producing a family of vehicles.


“By 2017, Ford will increase its global flexible manufacturing to produce on average four different models at each plant around the world to allow for greater adaptability based on varying customer demand.”

Source: 100 Years of the Moving Assembly Line, Ford



What has led to the growth of automotive mixed-model manufacturing?

With vehicle programs costing billions of dollars to develop and launch, OEM manufacturers and suppliers are continually looking at ways to maximize efficiency to increase profitability.

The rise of mixed-model assembly can be attributed to a range of factors:

  • Shorterning vehicle development times: product and manufacturing engineers are facing increasingly shorter timescales to launch vehicle programs.

  • Increased, global competition: we are trying to beat an increasing range of competitors to market, with narrowing profit margins.

  • The need to exceed customer expectations: customers need to be satisfied by delivering high-quality products, within a reasonable time after placing their order.

  • Being flexible to changing customer demands: producing a family of products is key to satisfying the changing needs of customers, as well as meeting the increasing desire for mass vehicle customization options.


Implementing flexible manufacturing successfully using simulation

When we look at manufacturing multiple vehicles in one facility, there can be conflicting objectives:

  • We are trying to cut costs
  • We want to reduce the overall time to market
  • We are aiming to produce the highest quality product possible

As you can see, manufacturers are really tasked with doing much more for less. These competing objectives are often why simulation tools like SIMUL8 are utilized as they provide the evidence needed to reduce risk when implementing effective mixed-model manufacturing facilities.

Although mixed-model assembly has many advantages, it can increase the complexity of plant layout, logistics, and material flow. Simulation provides us with the means to prototype and test these elements to ensure that a plant has the capability to optimize inventory levels, lead times and resource utilization.

Conflicting objectives


5 ways simulation can support mixed-model manufacturing planning

Discrete event simulation is a computer-based model that mimics the operation of any real or proposed system. Software like SIMUL8 enables you to easily visualize manufacturing processes. You can then quickly measure, test and experiment with any changes to your processes in a cost-effective, risk-free environment.

With the added ability to import our real-life assembly line data, simulation allows us to accurately model all the considerations, complexities, and variance involved in mixed model assembly, including:


1. Identifying and optimizing takt times / cycle times
Lean, mixed-model assembly lines are optimized to customer demand, especially the takt times needed to produce the right product mix within the right time.

Going far beyond what we could handle in precedence diagrams, simulation allows us to easily consider the effect of factors like shared resources across different processes or vehicle types, with each having unique cycle times.


2. Discovering the right product mix and scheduling scheme to maximize throughput
Similarly, we can set up and analyze different ‘what if’ scenarios and adjust our product mix accordingly. For example, producing these in a blend, a random fashion or in small batch sizes.

Simulation can test these approaches to identify which has the biggest impact on jobs per hour/overall throughput. Even an increase of half a job per hour could make a huge difference in profit!


3. Accounting for the impact of downtime, changeover times and tool set-ups
With simulation, we can use exponential and erlang distributions to calculate downtime and repair times for every task, or at station level across the assembly.

We can also do this for any changeovers and tool set-ups, so every time a different vehicle type travels through an asset that might require a tool setup or changeover; this will be accounted for in the simulation.


4. Proving the impact of new technology or flexible tools to build a business case for investment
As well as identifying where existing machinery is causing bottlenecks due to factors like changeovers and tool setups, simulation can be used to make a business case for investment in equipment that can improve mixed-model assembly.

For example, a simulation could prove the impact on cycle times of introducing a flexible tool with multiple faces; where instead of doing a full changeover, the table would rotate for each vehicle type. Rather than relying on AutoCAD layouts, spreadsheet calculations or even basic whiteboards to work through this process, a simulation can run comprehensive scenario testing in a very visual way. This allows your stakeholders and board members to see the impact of investing in new production tools and technology for themselves.


5. Comparing different routing options
Similar to above, we can test whether the manufacturing process might benefit from having a dedicated weld table for each unique product type, to completely eliminate changeovers and tool setups. Simulation can answer questions like ‘If we use parallel machines, will the sequence to get out of sync with late vehicles? Do we release one when one has a longer cycle time? Do we maintain the cycle time?’.

We can run mixed products through these routing decisions and from our simulation throughput results, we can easily identify whether or not we are going to meet the target value.


Learn more about how simulation software is used by automotive manufacturers

From these examples, we can see how simulation has become an invaluable tool for planning, testing and implementing mixed-model assembly processes.

With the ability to run an entire facility in a simulation environment, manufacturers can easily and quickly conduct ‘what if’ analysis to get the answers they need to maximize throughput in a cost-effective environment.

Take a look at our resources below to learn more about automotive simulation, or contact a member of our team to arrange a demo of SIMUL8.


Balancing Mixed-Model Assembly Lines webinar Brian Harrington explains how simulation tools like SIMUL8 can support flexible automotive manufacturing and mixed model assembly.

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Example Automotive Body Shop simulation View an example simulation that demonstrates the typical objectives of designing and running a flexible and efficient automotive body shop.

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Automotive Manufacturing Simulation Guide Learn why simulation is used throughout the life of an assembly plant; from design, to operational aspects and continuously improving performance.

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Bringing data to life with simulation

Simul8 Blog - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 06:49
Live webinar: Thursday May 11th, 11am (ET) / 4pm (BST)


Join Reece Holbrook, Technical Fellow at Medtronic, and discover how simulation is being used to turn available data from clinical trials into actionable insights for hospital electrophysiology lab managers.


In this webinar, you’ll learn how simulation has helped predict the economic benefits for those making choices about how to best utilize electrophysiology lab resources and align overall hospital resource spending.


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FlexSim 2017 Update 1: More VR, improved ease of use

FlexSim Blog - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 16:49

FlexSim 2017 Update 1 is now officially out and ready for download! Head over to the Downloads section of your account to get the software now. (Don’t have a FlexSim account? Sign up for free here!) This update to FlexSim 2017 takes FlexSim’s virtual reality capabilities to the next level. It starts with the Oculus […]

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Simio Presents the 2017 User Group Meeting

Success in Simulation - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 09:04

Simio is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Simio User Group Meeting, scheduled for May 24-25, 2017, in Pittsburgh, PA. This meeting will be very interactive and informative for current or future users of Simio’s simulation and scheduling software.

The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown, which is a brand new hotel built in the historic Federal Reserve Bank building.

Who Can Attend?

Anyone currently using Simio’s simulation and scheduling software for any industry is invited to attend. Alternatively, if your company is considering using Simio software, we invite you to attend, as well, to gather more information about the product and how it can help you.

What to Expect

This meeting will be jam-packed with great presentations, advanced learning seminars and outstanding networking opportunities with Simio users and employees. With your registration, you will also receive meals, a book including all of the papers presented at the meeting for both days, and a special Pittsburgh themed gift!

There will be plenty of information to go around, so if you’ve invested in Simio, you won’t want to miss this event. You’ll be able to see real user experiences and get some great feedback on how to better utilize the software to generate even greater results.

Information for Presenters

If you currently use Simio software and would like to present a paper at the User Group Meeting, we’d love to hear from you.

All the paper needs is the following information:

  • A brief overview of your company
  • Why you chose Simio
  • The approach used in Simio
  • Results achieved by using Simio

Pricing Information

A block of rooms are reserved. However, in order to receive the discounted rate to the hotel, you must book your room on or prior to April 20, 2017. The prices for the event itself are:

  • Early Registration (before April 14, 2017) – $50 for attendees, $40 for presenters
  • Open Registration (before May 12, 2017) – $60 for attendees
  • Late Registration – $100 for attendees

Note: All presenters must be registered by April 14, 2017.

We encourage you to attend this event so you can learn more about Simio success stories. Be sure to sign up today to secure the early registration rate.

Hope to see you there!

Eric Howard

VP of Marketing

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SIMUL8 2017 is here!

Simul8 Blog - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:12
Share the power of SIMUL8 with anyone, everywhere. 2017 blog header We’re really excited to be launching SIMUL8 2017 today. Like all of our releases this is once again driven by you, our users with features and improvements that have been requested or inspired by you and the simulations that are transforming your organizations.

From working with our users for over 20 years one common theme that we see is that simulation projects thrive through collaboration and when simulation builders engage their stakeholders the results are amazing.

In SIMUL8 2017 we wanted to make it faster and easier than ever before for you to do this. That’s why we’ve created SIMUL8 studio.

SIMUL8 Studio is a visual and interactive online platform where you can upload, view and share simulations across any device. This allows you to increase stakeholder engagement, improve communication and transform decision making across your organization.

As well as access to SIMUL8 Studio, SIMUL8 2017 also delivers great new features and improvements including work item tracking, increased trial speed and custom UI enhancements that will help you build simulations and get results faster than ever.

We really hope you love SIMUL8 2017 and SIMUL8 Studio as much as we do. Our teams of Customer Advocates, Product Managers, Developers and Testers have all been working hard to ensure SIMUL8 2017 delivers what you need for your process improvement projects.

If you’re on Annual Maintenance then you’ll be one of the first to receive your copy of SIMUL8 2017, so look out for it in your inbox soon.

If you have any questions or feedback about SIMUL8 2017 or SIMUL8 studio then get in touch and our team will be happy to help.

To find out more about SIMUL8 2017 visit SIMUL8.com/2017

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WITNESS Horizon - Available Now!

Lanner Simulation Blog - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 19:00
The latest version of WITNESS is available to download for maintained customers now. Find out more about WITNESS Horizon below or head over to my.lanner.com to upgrade.
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A Day of Innovation in Prague

Lanner Simulation Blog - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 19:00
Lanner's Oliver Bird shares his experience presenting at last month's technology.future 2016 conference in Prague.
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WITNESS blog content moves to MyLanner

Lanner Simulation Blog - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 19:00
Lanner's Support Manager Rebecca Green introduces the new WITNESS blog on the MyLanner Portal.
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WITNESS, Mangoes and Jeepneys!

Lanner Simulation Blog - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 19:00
Lanner's John Beadsmoore recounts his recent trip to Manila to train a team from telecoms company Asurion.
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