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More efficient production, lower inventory, and enhanced service

SW-Development has grown into one of the leading simulation companies in the Nordic region – and its integrated tools for improving and securing efficiency are marketed worldwide to customers in pulp and paper, steelmaking, shipbuilding, engineering, food processing, construction, chemicals, and logistics.

SW-Development's approach to enhancing efficiency and maintaining low inventory levels, while offering excellent levels of service, is based on a set of integrated simulation and analytical tools designed with the ultimate aim of generating enhanced operating profit and return on capital employed.

SW PES – a dynamic simulation planning tool, or production efficiency system, for planning optimised production, inventory, and service – lies at the heart of SW Development's offering. This is complemented by a monitoring tool, for monitoring actual production and comparing discrepancies between planned and actual production, and troubleshooting discrepancies and initiating corrective measures where needed.

A dynamic approach

SW PES provides a graphical user interface for integrating a company's database system (ERP) with SW Development's simulation software. Using this interface, personnel – whether involved in day-to-day operations, strategic development, or product development – can optimise, forecast, analyse, and plan production and operations.

SW PES incorporates the latest dynamic simulation technology and highly efficient algorithms, and can generate a broad range of values, graphs, and tables.

Working with the data

Using OPC technology, the software mines production information and inputs it into the simulation model, enabling real-time production to be compared to the virtual baseline, helping ensure that production flows as planned. If production problems occur, this data is also fed through the system to evaluate how it affects various scenarios.

With all this data in the system, personnel can go through actual production runs and compare output with planned levels, and analyse and troubleshoot specifics to help optimise production in the future.

Benefits

By making intelligent use of the opportunities offered by the software, a paper mill, for example, can enhance its inventory cycle, reduce unnecessary intermediate stocks, and improve service – to generate better financial performance.

From an operations point of view, SWDevelopment's tools can help produce the right products at the right time, and make better use of raw materials and resources, and enhance conversion figures. Actual or potential bottlenecks can also be eliminated or avoided. The new tool can also easily take process disturbances into account.

From a strategic standpoint, SW-Development's tools can help optimise overall logistics efficiency, clarify future needs, including possible investment requirements, and provide a helicopter view of the product mix shared between a number of locations, for example.

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(Published in High Technology Finland )