Case Study 1-04316
IET helped its client increase packaging capacity 14% with no additional equipment by using simulation tools to understand complex interactions between production resources.
An international manufacturer of pet food and pet care products.
IET’s engineers reviewed all relevant aspects of the manufacturing process: product mix, production rates, conveyor layout, timing control logic, palletizer rates, conveyor speeds, wrapper rates. Using computer simulation technology, IET developed models of the current production system and a redesigned production system. Animated computer graphics allowed the customer to “see” how the simulation worked and confirm its validity. After validating the baseline model with data from current operations, IET evaluated the effect of increased production volumes on the current and proposed conveyor layouts.
IET’s analysis proved that the customer’s current production system would not support the increased volumes at peak operating conditions. Palletizer and wrapper equipment became blocked due to the conveyor layout.
Utilizing the same processing equipment, IET redesigned the conveyor layout with parallel lines and a shared, overflow wrapper. This design supported the planned volume increases even under peak loading conditions. As a result, the customer committed itself to the production increases and avoided capital expenditures for new wrappers.