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new facility design
Designing a new facility or planning the expansion of an existing one requires extensive evaluation of investment choices related to capacity, assets and the wider impact of eventual operations. Decisions made at the design stage are critical to the success of both the creation and operation of the new facility.
It is of course impossible to see into the future but when designing a new facility it is crucial to evaluate every piece of relevant data available to achieve the clearest, most accurate view of what the factory of the future might look like.
In designing new facilities there are so many elements to consider. Making the right choices on equipment, people, layout, back office processes, contingency planning and capacity as demand evolves would overwhelm the most experienced planning experts.
The Virtual Factory
Predictive simulation helps facility design by creating a ‘virtual factory’ to provide a comprehensive picture of precisely what the facility will look like, how it will operate under normal circumstances, as well as how it will respond to changes as they evolve.
This view then allows planners to pinpoint exactly what processes and resources would be needed in order to ensure demand is met in the most efficient way possible.
This insight equips planners with a robust, accurate plan which allows them to pre-empt forecast changes in the business, ensuring productivity remains high and costs are minimised. It also means that they have a highly credible plan to present to stakeholders - both internally and externally.
Modern 3D and Virtual Reality bring these plans to life in the form of a virtual factory, helping to engage, motivate and secure buy-in from such internal stakeholders.
Planning is not a static process and predictive simulation offers a means to update the virtual facility model with changes as they occur.
This virtual asset can be remodelled dynamically based on new insights, ensuring stakeholders have absolute confidence that the design will meet requirements and achieve objectives, for example, meet demand effectively and maximise profitability.