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Practice of GD.findi

Tech Magazine Practice of GD.findi

The 1st: GD.findi is not just a simulation tool
~ How to utilize "stacked column chart"? ~

Many of you think that people consider GD.findi as a simulation tool. However, GD.findi is not just a simulation tool. GD.findi has been developed as an integrated service to support design for production system.
GD.findi is a cloud service for design support of production system aiming at performing various planning such as process design, logistics design, layout design, line formation, group formation, etc.

The problem in conventional production system design lied on the fact that it was impossible to quickly ascertain whether or not it is designed according to the planner's intention. At GD.findi, you can evaluate its performance almost as soon as you design the production system. We think that real front loading of production preparation is possible only by completing design and simulation seamlessly.
In the production system design work, the simulation function must be "natural." Besides, the simulation function of GD.findi is to confirm the operation of designed system at the stage of design. That is, GD.findi well represents a "production system design support application".

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Then, in this 1st time issue of Tech Magazine, we introduce useful support functions to make GD.findi useful for production system design.
What we introduce this time is a "Stacked column chart function." In production system design work supported by GD.findi, we first adjust the balance between load and capacity. For this adjustment, it is necessary to grasp the excess or deficiency condition of the number of processes in production system currently being designed. What makes this easier is the concept of "stacked column chart" (山積み表) in general.

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In GD.findi, you are able to display the number of stacked processes by each station from the menu of [Tool] – [Floor stacked column chart].

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While watching this "Floor stacked column chart," we will keep track of the balance of load between stations by grasping the lack of the number of processes and the remaining capacity.
Adjusting the load balance like this is called "Yamakuzushi." In GD.findi, "Yamakuzukushi" is performed by changing the connection to each element work at the station.

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As the result of "Yamakuzushi," if the whole balance is good, it is highly possible to operate the production system efficiently.For example,

Production Goal > Production Capacity

You must take measures you increase productive capacity or to reduce load.
As a countermeasure, for instance,

  • Extend operation hours (working hours), Work overtime or in holidays
  • Increase the number of workers
  • Increase facility capacity and the number of stations
  • Reduce the load by outsourcing
  • Improve the method of construction and shorten the work time for element

You can consider the options listed above.
Actually, basic design work of production system is possible even with the one tool called "Floor stacked column chart" without doing simulation. When designing a production system design by GD.findi, please use "Floor stacked column chart" by all means.

Please also refer to the following page:
http://www.lexer.co.jp/en/gdfindi_cat/technology#section6
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