Applied Modelling Algorithms (AMA)
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Applied Modelling Algorithms mark the arrival of the next generation of simulation and modelling applications that have simplified the user interface and removed the need for supply chain professionals to have to programme and build a simulation model from scratch. Products that use AMA are designed to solve specific supply chain problems, they are not generic applications. This means they are pre-programmed with a level of intelligence that enables them to answer a particular problem without the need for the user to spend more time than is necessary to input data and configure the model. The algorithms are written in a way that ensures information is processed highly efficiently, and the best results established quickly. Consequently, the time normally taken for a typical simulation project can be significantly shorted with the associated cost savings.
The speed of modelling is important to ensure ideas can be quickly tested, innovations remains fresh and potentially winning business concepts do not “wither on the vine” as they await availability of key subject matter experts or the collection of large parcels of data. Instead, operational teams can be self-empowered and business improvements quickly brought to reality.
CLASS Warehouse Design and Simulation uses AMA to automatically mimic warehouse behaviour and thereby reduce the amount of configuration needed by the user. The act of drawing the warehouse and designating loading bays, marshalling areas, aisles and storage types enables the application to automatically build the model in the back ground while the user draws the warehouse. The user is only required to think in warehouse terms and does not need to worry about learning and applying simulation techniques.
COST2SERV Network Strategy uses AMA to quickly load supply chain data and build a network model relating suppliers to distribution centres to customers. With minimum data input COST2SERV can evaluate the data model, identify the best options and offer these back to the user.
SEABERTH Terminal Scheduling and Simulation uses AMA to evaluate millions of scheduling options taking into consideration environmental, resource and infrastructure factors. The user is free to evaluate scenario results and decide which is the preferred schedule based on terminal KPIs and service level agreements rather than worrying about safety, availability and the myriad of considerations needed to make the best decision.