Federal Government & Department of Defense

Our Federal Government & Department of Defense solutions encompass a broad set of issues related to supply chain and logistic, as well as resource staffing. Typical application areas are:

  • Fleet sizing/design for resupply.
  • Design/evaluation of refurbishment operations.
  • Process improvement using Six Sigma and Lean concepts.

Our modeling solutions provide answers to key questions such as:

  • What is the best layout for my refurbishment facility with respect to service, quality and cost?
  • What is the impact of implementing new processes in my resupply system?
  • What is the impact of changing resupply demand patterns on resupply lead time?
  • How can I best allocate my personnel to improve overall system effectiveness?
  • What performance gains in terms of operational readiness can I achieve with investments in new equipment?

What is a good simulation application?

Systems where it is too expensive or risky to do live tests. Simulation provides an inexpensive, risk-free way to test changes ranging from a "simple" revision to an existing production line to emulation of a new control system or redesign of an entire supply chain.

Large or complex systems for which change is being considered. A "best guess" is usually a poor substitute for an objective analysis. Simulation can accurately predict their behavior under changed conditions and reduce the risk of making a poor decision.

Systems where predicting process variability is important. A spreadsheet analysis cannot capture the dynamic aspects of a system, aspects which can have a major impact on system performance. Simulation can help you understand how various components interact with each other and how they affect overall system performance.

Systems where you have incomplete data. Simulation cannot invent data where it does not exist, but simulation does well at determining sensitivity to unknowns. A high-level model can help you explore alternatives. A more detailed model can help you identify the most important missing data.

Systems where you need to communicate ideas. Development of a simulation helps participants better understand the system. Modern 3D animation and other tools promote communication and understanding across a wide audience.

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