Vale of Mowbray simulates expansion with CenFRA

08 July 2010

The Vale of Mowbray has employed CenFRA to carry out in-depth analysis on a planned expansion project using bespoke discrete event simulation. The European robotic and automation centre says it saved the Yorkshire, UK food manufacturer thousands of pounds.

Following aggressive business growth, the Vale of Mowbray identified that it would need new equipment and a site extension to keep up with demand but was unsure how these changes would be integrated with existing production.

The Vale of Mowbray approached CenFRA to carry out an assessment of its current factory processes and look into its proposed plans to ascertain if the Yorkshire company was making the most out of its investment.

CenFRA created an interactive 3D computer model of the proposed factory layout. The resulting model included technical details on the existing production equipment to evaluate and quantify the benefits and implications of integrating new equipment on a 'virtual scale'.

From the numerous 'what if' scenarios carried out, which included level of throughput, number of operators required and machine capabilities, CenFRA's team was able to determine that the intended plan would only be capable of handling a year's increase in production and advised that an alternative approach should be adopted.

The Vale of Mowbray presented new plans for CenFRA to evaluate, and using the same event simulation methods as well as additional analysis which included set-up, maintenance and break times, CenFRA was able to confirm that the revised plan would indeed be capable of handling a substantial increase in capacity.

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