With conventional production simulators, each case of production process planning requires a specialist to undertake the time-consuming process of developing a simulation program tailored to that individual situation. On the other hand, GD.findi does not require programming to work. Simply by using our superior graphic user interface, onsite factory engineering staff can develop factory floor plans or production process plans on their own. Then they can immediately execute simulations. GD.findi has introduced such innovative engineering to the manufacturing field.
By employing GD.findi, users can virtually construct not only manufacturing facilities, but also distribution centers or service facilities such as medical care organizations. That allows them to craft appropriate productivity-enhancement policies. The results of such simulations facilitate visual confirmation of optimum layout, the order of production implementation, plant and equipment performance, inventory space, delivery routes and delivery methods, as well as team building among the work force.
These operations ensure fast and effective consensus building within teams. As a result, users can smoothly and without delay implement factory floor planning, equipment design, procurement, education and training of staff, as well as other steps needed to get production up and running.
Furthermore, not only can these results be confirmed visually, they are also recorded numerically. Therefore, they can be compared with draft designs using various types of KPI (key performance indicators). As this numerical data can be used for computing product costs, compiling estimates, etc., that also facilitates the establishment of appropriate prices.
What makes possible these outstanding results is the fact Lexer Research, the creator of GD.findi, has accumulated a wealth of engineering expertise over many years. GD.findi is a simulation technology guaranteed to deliver manufacturing and logistical knowledge and solution methods from management circles to the factory floor.
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Conventional simulators make use of animation to produce results that are easy to understand visually. Although people tend to think that data input is also easy to handle, behind the scenes it can actually prove quite troublesome.
Why should that be so?
Actually, what happens behind the scenes with conventional simulators is that software programming has to be carried out separately for each factory. Moreover, since various assumptions naturally change, changes to the software program often become necessary.
Consequently, with this outdated approach, it takes a considerable amount of time even for a professional simulation programmer to accomplish the task.
The result is that they cannot be used effectively in engineering planning, and in many cases are used as nothing more than presentation tools. All too often, they end up not being utilized at all.
Programmer have to write specific control program.
With GD.findi, a member of the engineering staff who is not a simulation programmer can perform the necessary operations.
Why should that be so?
GD.findi requires two types of data for simulations: the production process (the manufacturing sequence) and the floor plan (layout). For both, mouse operations are sufficient to accomplish all setup steps.
Moreover, since the data for the production process and the floor plan are established independently, the operator can verify the results of revisions through cut-and-try testing of various assumptions.Thus, hypothesis analysis and estimation work becomes much more efficient.
Only drag & drop from 'process' to 'station', input for simulation will done.
Since an easy-to-understand GUI (graphical user interface) is provided, factory engineering staff can carry out simulations after only a few hours of training.
With this service, a client is not dependent on its own IT environment. Since a company that is determined to do business globally can make use of GD.findi from anywhere in the world, it can perform simulations in timely manner and share information concerning simulation results globally. In other words, GD.findi makes possible production system designing without limitations of space or time.
Our consultants, who are well versed in production systems and actual plant conditions, provide conscientious consulting services to our customers. From various angles they propose ways to put "production system simulations" to work, to ensure appropriate responses to management issues and on-site problems within the manufacturing sector.
Technicians who design the production system should efficiently conduct a great deal of verification while always having conflicting goals of "cost reduction" and "improvement of productivity."
GD.findi supports such technicians and enables to complete quick and efficient design.
With GD.findi, it is possible to express various situations occurring at the production site.
|Representation of item equipment capability||Representation of differences in capabilities of each facilities|
|Representation of processing form||Representation of single processing, batch processing, combination processing, and division processing|
|Representation of production form||Representation of multi-product mixed flow production (difference in processing time per production)|
|Representation of shop||Expression of flow-shop type and job-shop type|
|Representation of differences||Representation of a variety of differences (first-come-firstserved basis, order of priority etc.)|
|Representation of workers placement||Representation of worker's assignment toward process and facilities|
|Representation of flowwork method||Representation of Horizontal Holding(ヨコ持ち), Vertical Holding(タテ持ち), (Having Multiple Units(多台持ち), Having Multiple Steps(多工程持ち))|
|Representation of variations in working time||Representation of random variations with given width|
|Representation of working hours||Representation of worker's working hours and overtime|
|Representation of holidays||Representation of workers and holidays of facilities|
|Representation of transfer method||Representation of transfer of one-piece and lot|
|Representation of transport route||Representation of transport route|
|Representation of mixed expression||Different variation of delivery and representation of milkrun (for example)|
|Representation of periodical transport||Representation of regular flights (for example)|
|Representation of quantitative transport||Control of conveyance according to the quantity of inventory, representation of pull-type conveyance|
|Representation of maintenance work||Representation of exchange work and replacement of tools|
|Representation of input plan||Representation of material input-order and input-timing|
In GD.findi, it is unnecessary to prepare for special data for simulation. It is sufficient that engineers who design the production system prepare for the parameters decided in the design work. In other words, the result of normal design work is the input data of GD.findi.
・Product information (BOM)
・Number of facilities
・Location information of equipment
・Processing capacity of equipment
・Buffered amount of facilities
・Order of processing
・Number of workers
・Number of tools
・Timing of tool change
By moving the virtual factory (model), you are able to get the "observed" data (simulation result). An example of simulation results obtained from GD.findi is shown as below.
・Number of finished products by type
・Tool / Total number of tools
・Worker's working hours
・Facility's operating hours
・Facility's set-up time
・Work waiting time
・Work ejection waiting time
・Inventory volume by product
・Inventory volume by process
・Availability of conveyance vehicle
・Distance of car traveling
・Distance of worker's movement
・Average residence time
・Product lead time
・Average pitch time
The material flow chart is an overlapped of progress graph, Gantt chart (ガントチャート), and cycle diagram, and it is also a very effective tool for the analysis of production system. We recognize the production system as "item to be flowed" (station) and "flowing items" (materials) and by overlaying the behavior of both items (subject and object), it enables to support the understanding of the production system.
The floor plan editing function makes possible simple and intuitive operations for floor planning, such as factory layout of production lines, plant and equipment capacity, flow of materials, etc. You can layer reference floor plans over the imported CAD factory layout plan image. Therefore, you can pinpoint the positions of materials flow pathways or equipment within an actual plant.
It defines production processes with the use of MBOM, and edits manufacturing sequences and process specifications.
It defines as activities diverse dynamic factors that impact various kinds of performance, including productivity for work teams, transportation, tooling, etc. It defines such activities in terms of the relationships of floor plans to production processes.
It becomes possible to define production schedules for production simulations.
Numerical data outputThe user can represent simulated machine work, material flow and work team behavior through animation and output simulation results in the Microsoft Excel format.
Evaluation / Analysis functionStandard functions include "radar chart" display of production system efficiency and operating rates, as well as representations of material flow of inventory. In addition, you can also set up your own specially designed KPI.
This course is half day basic traning.
The goal is learning the basic operation by using a easy sample model.
It is advisable that users related to GD.findi attend.
(If you want to learn GD.findi on-site, please contact us.)
This course is half day applied training.
You can learn the applied operation and solve the problem in factory by using a professional model.
(Example: Increase operation availability, Manufacturing of a wide variety of products in small quantities, Minimum inventory, Introduce automatic equipment, Cost calculation)
It is advisable for users aiming to be GD.findi modeler.
(If you want to learn GD.findi on-site, please contact us.)
There is the survice for the opinion "It is difficalt to create model. I could use the intial model."
Support members will create the intial model by hearing your business and using your information.
It takes up one week to one month.
If you are too busy to upgrade own model, we support your modeling.
We visit you to consult and resolve the business over one month.