REALLY simulating the Supply Chain Block 1-3

Here are some reasons of value use simulation as an analysis and optimization tool:

  • Can be used to plan and optimize manufacturing, supply chain and clerical processes.

  • Provides valuable information for feasibility decision making.

  • Enables the visualization of new processes in a 3D environment.

  • Integrates graphing and reports to convey results with maximum clarity.

  • Identify potential risks, constraints and bottlenecks that would otherwise be impossible unless during implementation.

  • Obtain fast conclusions on the feasibility of improvements and out of the box ideas.

  • Determine maximum plant throughput (materials, manufacturing, finished product, yards).

  • Find the optimal configuration for a highly complex system.

  • It promotes collaborative work.

This is the third and last video on the Distribution Center's inbound flows. Today we will be completing our inbound handling by enabling SKU differentiated handling and adding some policies to our putaway process to gain the benefit of visibility and traceability. We do this by creating labels on our flowitems that get their data from a global table. The SKUs are then placed on an authorized slot in the rack.


Coding the name of activities can help you in the debugging process.

Today's key concepts:

  1. HIDE/SHOW PATH NETWORK

  2. SELECTED VS HIGHLIGHTED OBJECTS

  3. TABLES

  4. TRIGGERS

  5. PAINT SLOT LABELS

  6. ADDRESS SYSTEM

On our next video we will move on to the outbound flow, specifically the order picking process. We will create a forward picking area that can be scaled from a few to any number of picking locations. We will also be able to replicate the behaviour of orders by using an order profile. Picking operations are full of exceptions, thus you will learn how to handle them by engaging the first problem set.


This is REALLY simulating the Supply Chain, your best source for simulation tutorials and references. I am Enrique Elizaga head of simulation projects at Supply Chain Institute and I'm very excited to help you become a simulation expert!

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