Case Studies

  • Shaping Healthcare Policy Using Simulation
    An initiative by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Research in Healthcare Engineering (CRHE), was in response to the immediate and compelling desire for efficiency and quality improvements in the Canadian healthcare system.
  • Simple Simulation Model Helps Intel Avoid Production Plant Downtime
    Intel factories used a particular type of equipment that often broke down, which caused capacity constraints. These expensive parts were used in critical factory operations, and the repairs took significant time, so it was necessary to have extra spare parts on hand to avoid downtimes. Broken parts caused constraints at some of the factories while other factories over purchased spares.
  • Simulating Bicycle Sharing System with the Help of AnyLogic System Dynamic Modeling
    Sustainable bicycle transportation systems have generated broad expectations and have recently attracted focus in the scope of urban planning by alleviating traffic congestion and reducing noise and air pollution. Such bike sharing systems are easy-to-use and generally promoted by the public administration, operating by advertisement companies, transportation operators and, and public organizations.
  • Simulating Ice Cream Production: Recognizing Constraints and Optimizing Production Plan
    Conaprole, the biggest dairy production company in Uruguay, produces more than 150 SKUs in their ice cream plant, using five production lines, and up to five different packaging configurations for each line. The management’s challenge was to be able to reformulate their plans in order to balance supply and demand and make sure they would avoid stock-outs in key products. They also sought ways to optimize the use of their production capacities.
  • Apparel Company Chose Location for New Distribution Center Using Simulation Modeling
    Fruit of the Loom (FOTL) is one of the largest US apparel manufacturers and marketers. The company was expanding, and the executives wanted to know if it would be beneficial, in terms of shipping costs, to add a new distribution center (DC) on the east/west coasts of the US, or to redistribute products to a pre-existing DC. The contractors decided to simulate the whole supply chain in order to visualize DC locations on a GIS map, and the supply network between them.
  • Simulation of Maternity Ward Operations
    This model simulates the maternity ward in a hospital currently under construction. The purpose of the model is to support discussions related to which resources, capacity, and work methods are required on the new ward. The project was carried out for Karolinska University Hospital in the Stockholm County, Sweden.
  • Supply Chain Design for Vaccine Manufacturer
    GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was the world’s sixth largest pharmaceutical company in 2014. The company was launching a new vaccine product on a new market that needed a distribution network different from what they had before. Therefore, the company needed to design a new supply chain and align manufacturing processes with it.
  • Using Pedestrian Library to Create a New Look for an Art Gallery
    Fair Dynamics, a Milan based consulting company with a distinct aspect towards simulation modeling, was engaged in developing The Ametria project, a contemporary art exhibition held in the Athens’ Benaki Museum. AnyLogic simulation modeling let engineers see where the artworks could be placed, as well as show how people could move inside the gallery.
  • Utilizing Real-World Data and Multimethod Modeling to Battle Food Insecurity
    Issues such as whether households get enough food, how it is distributed within the household and whether that food fulfils the nutrition needs of all members of the household is an ongoing problem in developing countries. An International Civil Agency employed a Major Consulting Firm to analyze food insecurity in developing countries and cultivate a system that enables an economy to prepare for and halt possible food insecurity.
  • American Motor Vehicle Market Simulation
    One of the world’s leading motor vehicle producers needed a strategic forecast of their performance in the US market for the next five years. The company wanted to estimate the dynamics of demand on their product and the expected revenue, taking into account current clients, dealers, competitors, and the used vehicle market. Their main objective was to determine how much product the company would need to produce in the following years.