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5 Use Cases for Cloud Computing in Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is no novice to applying technology solutions to innovate, improve planning, and productivity within the shop floor. In the 60s’ the industry rode thewave of technology advancements and adopted time-keeping systems and production-tracking systems to implement lean manufacturing concepts. Manufacturers also made a dent in the 80s’ by leveraging computer-aided design and …

Delivering Workforce Agility in Manufacturing with Digital Transformation

Discussions about optimizing productivity and performance in the manufacturing industry are usually centered on the assets within the shop floor. Although the equipment that drives production cycles play major roles in optimizing productivity, attention must also be paid to the workforce managing these assets. The manufacturing industry is going through changes. The workforce, the industry …

Enhancing Innovation and Agility with Digital Twin Technology in the Manufacturing Industry

Gartner’s 2019 “Application Strategies & Solutions Summit” highlighted the challenges manufacturers face in a world that continues to demand more accountability from the manufacturing industry. The discussed challenges included the need to increase revenue growth, enable greater agility with existing manufacturing processes and resources, and getting more value from plant floor data. During the conference, …

Best Answers to Commonly Asked Risk Analysis Questions

Many managers don’t understand what exactly risk analysis is.  We put together some of the most common questions with responses for you. What does the risk percentage mean? The risk percentage approximates the on-time probability for an order with appropriate consideration of the number of replications or “experiments.”  It tells the user how confident they …

Forward Scheduling: What is it and how does it differ from backwards scheduling?

Simio is a forward scheduling simulation engine.  We do not support backwards scheduling.  We have found the backwards scheduling approach fails to represent reality, thus generating an infeasible plan that is unhelpful to planners.  Many of our customers have learned this lesson the hard way.  The underlying principle of forward scheduling is feasibility first.  A …

How Do You Create a Digital Twin – 5 Things to Know

The Digital Twin is reminiscent of the early days of the personal computer in many ways. Initially, creating a digital twin required excessive computing power and multiple engineers working round the clock to develop digital representations of physical models. And just like the personal computer, technological advancement led to the creation of cloud-based digital twin …

Analyzing the Paradigm Shift from Production Scheduling to Simulation-Based Scheduling

Through the long centuries of man’s existence, man has always produced materials and products for specific uses. But at the turn of the 17th century, something interesting happened. Man had built industrial equipment for the first time which ushered in the age of industrialization. This age came with larger facilities dedicated to every aspect of …

How to Sell the Idea of Digital Twin to Your Manager

The business world as we know it is changing. Never have there been so many emerging technologies, models, and business concepts competing for the attention of the business community. Today, we have cloud computing services, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Automation, Blockchains, and the Digital Twin providing timely business insights for enterprises. This …