Cost of Not Simulating

Basic Premise of Article:  Our team is designing a new process/facility, or improving a complex process.  It’s a perfect opportunity to use simulation, but we don’t simulate.  Below are three of the costs of not using simulation.

Underperforming Operations:  When designing a new process or greenfield facility, there are many unknowns.  What will the throughput be, Where will the bottlenecks occur, Do I need to buy all this equipment, How will this new process work with my existing operations, etc.  Without simulation, these questions will not get a clear answer, and the new process, when installed, will underperform vs. our expectations.

Slower Progress:  For teams building new processes/facilities on a regular basis, they’ll have many ideas for improving their operations.  But they are not sure which of these ideas will add the most value.  Without simulation, few of their ideas will be explored, and progress in improving their processes is slower than if they used simulation to vet these ideas and identify the best ones.

Innovative Ideas Are Undiscovered:  Simulation gives us greater insights into how our operations work.  This includes improving our understanding of the critical interactions within our processes, as well as, identifying which operational factors have the greatest impact on operational performance.  These additional insight will inspire our team to generate innovative ideas for improving our operations.

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