Simulation is the practice of digitally modeling a manufacturer’s equipment or infrastructure. First developed in the 1960s, it enables users to test adjustments to a controlled system or evaluate the effects of a completely new system without disrupting operations.
Advances in modeling software have made simulation an increasingly commonplace tool in manufacturing, helping users glean essential information about their facilities, better assess their performance, and investigate potential solutions to design challenges. It also allows users to experiment with possible changes without altering their actual equipment, eliminating much of the risk that comes with introducing changes into the manufacturing process.
Benefits of Simulation
As manufacturing technology continues to evolve, simulation has given manufacturers the power to explore systemic changes to operations before making them. From gathering comprehensive data regarding their current system’s performance to developing and virtually implementing desired changes to it, it allows users to visualize and quantify the benefits of the latest manufacturing equipment before making a costly investment in them, helping them control costs and shorten lead times.
Simulation can be used to evaluate nearly every aspect of the manufacturing process. Some of the challenges it’s designed to solve include:
- The quantity of machines needed to perform a particular function
- The kind of machines needed to perform that function
- The labor needed to handle a given task and the associated costs
- The performance of a new piece of equipment and its compatibility with existing infrastructure
- The calculation of production and delivery timelines
- The formulation of quality-control policies
- The determination of queue sizes
- The estimation of returns on investments in current or new machinery
- Bottleneck and reliability analysis
- Throughput and time-in-system analysis
Our Simulation Services
At Amino North America Corporation (ANAC), we’ve specialized in simulation and forming analysis since our founding in 2005. We rely on our off-the-shelf software to highlight stress points in a part and validate a panel’s formability, helping us quickly determine whether a part can be manufactured or not. Since it’s calibrated to sheet hydroforming technology, it’s compatible with our state-of-the-art hydroforming press, ensuring that we can offer our customers a complete suite of integrated services in addition to parts manufacturing.
Our simulation services have helped us identify a variety of manufacturing challenges faced by our clients and devise innovative solutions to them. Our models feature meticulous data regarding every stage of production, including inventory, assembly, and transportation. By experimenting with possible solutions in a virtual environment, we’re able to ensure that the finished product will meet our customer’s exact specifications before we commit to a design, helping us save time and reduce expenses.
As an acknowledged leader in simulation services, ANAC is committed to providing all of its customers with cutting-edge solutions to their manufacturing issues. From the automotive industry to household appliances, we have the experience needed to tackle any problem. Contact us today if you’d like to see how our simulation services can benefit your company!