Unsure of your warehouse automation plans? We provide simulation, design and consultancy services for warehouse operations and material handling systems. Your project can be modelled, visualised and tested, enabling you to optimise your design and evaluate different operational scenarios before purchase.
Our simulation software provides a powerful 3D modelling package which enables systems integrators and end-users to visualise and analyse operations and product flow in real-time.
Changes can be made to conveyor layouts, product sizes, equipment types and positions all within the warehousing process in a virtual setting. The software allows you to add operators and forklifts for the complete simulation of all warehouse operations. System changes can be made dynamically for variables such as product sizes, flow rates and conveyor speeds providing the ability to design, plan and optimise efficiency and throughput.
With the model complete, a major feature is the ability to speed up the simulation in multiples of real-time such that hours of production data can be generated in minutes. System variables such as delivery schedules, product quantities and sizes, number of operators and work rates, manual pack stations and high bay storage configurations can then be changed and tested, generating KPIs and production data at critical points in the system. This enables designers to plan for both current and future business levels and product variation whilst minimising capital outlay and operational costs.
However, deciding on the optimum mechanical handling design is only half the story. The Simulation Software directly interfaces with Siemens Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) which are widely used in automation control systems. The PLC-Simulation interface provides the ability for the PLC software to control the simulation model in real-time, enabling the development and testing of the control system in a virtual factory environment. For MHE Systems Integrators this means they can witness test their project controls system for operational performance and exception testing. This can be extended to include emulation and testing of other IT systems including Warehouse Management Systems and ERP Systems for end-to-end testing of the complete system before any on-site commissioning begins. Where existing systems are being modified the simulation then allows training of operators and team leaders before production recommences.