DCSim is a one-of-a-kind tool for improving distribution center or warehouse logistics. Drawing on the practical expertise of Brazil's Belge Consulting and using the powerful ProModel® simulaton engine, DCSim allows you to assess and analyze key DC/Warehouse management decisions in a realistic environment. Imagine testing your ideas in a virtual model of your operation, risk free.
DCSim is an easy-to-use package with a standardized architecture easily customized to suit your specific distribution facility. This approach reduces the effort of constructing a new simulation model by as much as 70%, when compared to the use of generic modeling software. It means that you can focus on the analysis and outputs instead of spending time modeling your facilities.
What is simulation?
Simulation is a dynamic modeling technology that enables time-based analysis of complex logistics systems on a PC. Using a realistic base model, DCSIM lets you configure and test a variety of scenarios that include variable demand; equipment constraints, downtimes and maintenance; work scheduling and shifts; resource competition, etc.
DCSim has helped innovative logistics professionals achieve the following results:
- Up to a 40% increase in outbound capacity, made possible through the identification and modification of system bottlenecks;
- Minimized startup errors in new and modified DCs/Warehouses;
- Up to a 30% reduction in human resource requirements during peak days;
- Operational cost reductions of up to 35%.
- Avoid damage to rework occurring when a new DC or modified facility enter into operation.
Benefits / Advantages
- Dynamic analysis of DC and Warehouse operations;
- Evaluation of inherent variability;
- Identification of best layout;
- Optimal planning of resources / stock areas / docks;
- Analysis and improvement of methods and procedures;
- Bottleneck identification;
- Resource reductions;
- Increased productivity.
Static analysis with Spreadsheets Vs. Dynamic analysis with simulation:
|Static Analysis||Dynamic Analysis|
|Operation scheduling.||Not considered||Considered|
|Simultaneous requisition of the same resource.||Not considered||Considered|
|Variability in process times, velocities, demands, downtimes.||Not considered||Considered|
|Productivity index (example: pallets/hour when picking or loading pallets in a truck).||Input data resulting in errors because the productivity index is a result of several factors, such as: number of resources, process times, vehicle arrivals, departure scheduling, etc.||Output data. A result of all constraints cycles, demands, number of resources, etc.|
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This video shows the 3D animation of the simulation model built with the powerful technology DCSIM for a franchise of Coca-Cola Brazil
In this video, you can see the three-dimensional simulation of a distribution center. It is possible to observe flows of materials and resources
This presentation of DCSIM shows the advantages and benefits that this new technology can bring to your company. It also shows briefly “Belge Engenharia” and some examples of results obtained with this tool.
This presentation, shown at PROMODEL Conference, reports the results of some projects carried out with the DCSIM as well as the complexity of warehouses that justifies the use of this tool.