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Warehouse Modelling, the building of a virtual computer representation of a Warehouse detailing the physical aspects in 2D and 3D can be brought to life using “Simulation”. Computer simulation is the reproduction of a real-world process in a computer model. Simulation enables the building of all the warehouse processes. A key feature of most simulation models is a “clock”, so you can simulate for instance a week’s activity and we can see the clock moving forward in time as the minute hours and days progresses. At each point in time, the state of the system changes and the logic moves to the next event. Events can be inbound related, represent deliveries arriving, products being put-away. Outbound orders can be picked and processed, vehicles loaded and dispatched. Yard activities can also be modelled showing vehicles parking up, waiting to be loaded and being controlled in and out of site via a gate house.
The ability to sample random values is another key feature, so that we can define vehicle arrival patterns, for instance, in the form of distributions (which can either be of a standard statistical form, or user defined), and then we allow the model to sample the specific arrival times as it moves forward in time.
Our warehouse simulation tool helps you to review your current operation and the effect of making changes. Key performance indicators are monitored and reported to help the business make an informed decision. You can run the simulation to test a number of scenarios to find the optimal solution for your exact needs and budget.
Simulation used to be the domain of operational research experts and required the need to programme huge levels of detail and process vast amounts of data. However CLASS has been developed to simplify simulation and therefore make it more accessible to more people and organisations.
To find out more on our CLASS Warehouse Simulation module, please click here…