Where should simulation be deployed (ES3A4 Lab)
“The most appropriate location for manufacturing simulation is within manufacturing engineering departments, used by engineers to support their own decision making, not the domain of specialists in consultancy companies.”
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Agree, as long as the Manufacturing Engineers are well trained for the software – after all, they know the processes better than an external consultant. If they’re not well trained, they could be making decisions based on invalid data!
Disagree in the sense that a specialist would be able to take a wider view of the model, as well as knowing the mechanics of the software. Perhaps for the simulation of new factory, an external consultant would be better placed because of their experience & credibility, however, for day-to-day running of a factory, and to see the effects of minor changes to the factory, an in-house ME may be more suitable (& cheaper!!).
I think both in-house and external modellers are useful, depending on the reasons for carrying out simulation work.
05 Dec 2007, 11:06
The purpose of consultancy is to buy in expertise which cannot be provided in-house. Whilst the engineers may know the process better, they would need to learn simulation techniques. The simulation and its results are only as good as the model from which they were created; consultants who are experts in factory simulation will produce a detailed model quicker than non-specialist in-house engineers could.
07 Dec 2007, 10:32
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