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Cirrus Logistics Hosts the 9th CLASS User Group in Europe

September 20, 2013

Cirrus Logistics, leaders in decision support tools to the supply chain, oil and gas and maritime industries, held its 9th CLASS user group last week for customers and prospects of its warehouse design and simulation tool – CLASS. The event was held at The University of Warwick, who also use CLASS on their MSc Logistics courses.

After launching its latest version of CLASS late last year – CLASS 2012, which had undergone a complete re-write, enriching and automating the user experience making it even easier to use; the new site traffic module was showcased at this event. Delegates were able to gain hands-on experience and give valuable feedback on the new features and functionality. The site traffic module enables users to model activity in the yard – including queuing for gatehouses and parking areas – as well as the internals of the warehouse. The new on-site route design enables full flexibility to model the different routes that vehicle flows may take around the site. The Animate feature (allowing users to add animation automatically to a new layout) has been extended to give the users more power to influence the throughput and labour patterns used. Feedback on the additional new functionality was very positive with many users agreeing that the new interface was more intuitive and that the creation of simulation models would be much more rapid with the Animate button.

With leaders in the retail, third party logistics, oil and manufacturing space filling the room and several joining us from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, delegates were able to learn from each other and share experiences. Presentations were given by Robert Johnstone, senior partner at Scala, on benchmarking the supply chain in the FMCG sector, as well as long-time customer John Burton, supply chain development manager at Howdens Joinery on managing change using CLASS and the benefits of a long term relationship with Cirrus Logistics.

“The event was a great success with new and veteran users of CLASS attending and learning from each other,” commented Simon Shore, managing director of Cirrus Logistics. The CLASS team has spent the last year developing the next generation of CLASS. Releasing a new product to follow what the industry has already recognised as “best in class” warehouse simulation was a tall order, so when we experienced the positive user reaction at the user group it was very rewarding for our team. Our business growth depends upon the continual recommendation of satisfied customers, so product enhancement and user feedback are very important to us.

“Through our partnership with the university, we were privileged to offer delegates the opportunity to visit The University of Warwick’s 3D Visualisation Suite,” Shore continued. “The facility is at the cutting edge of 3D design and uses the latest digital projectors, which come together to create the highest resolution visual system in the UK. Utilising the photorealism produced, it allows companies to make effective design decisions early in the product development process and in ‘true-to-life’ 3D models. It’s this kind of virtual decision support that is helping companies all over the world make better and cost-effective decisions from warehouse layout and process, through to internal aircraft layouts.”