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Phase 2. Define Production

In the previous phase we imported the scenario and added the factory, which had unlimited inventory of products and was used mostly as a storage. In this phase we will define production policy that will make the factory produce the required products.

To launch production we need to:

  • Adjust the inventory policy of the factory, since the factory currently has unlimited stock of products, so it will not produce anything.
  • Define the production policy.

Let us start with defining production logic.

Adjust factory inventory

  1. Click Data to return to the input tables.

  2. Open the Inventory table.
  3. Set the Policy Type for the Factory object to Min-max policy.
  4. Double-click the Policy Parameters cell and set the Min and Max parameters to 45 000 and 145 000 respectively.
    When done, the table should look like this:

Define production policy

  1. Click the Search icon to open the search field allowing you to filter the list of all tables by name.
  2. Type Production in the search field. You will be taken to the Production table.

  3. Click Add to create a new record.
  4. Click the Site cell and select Factory from the drop-down list.
  5. Double-click the Product cell and select Food storage container.
  6. Leave the default production policy (Simple make policy).
  7. Now double-click the Parameters cell to open a dialog box and define production parameters.
    • Set Production time per unit to 0.01.
    • Set Time Unit to second.
  8. Now define production cost of one product unit by typing 0.1 in the Production Cost cell, then set Currency to GBP.

    The specified Production Cost will override the Cost of the products defined in the Production table.

  9. In the same way create and define production policy for the Cake molds product. When done, the table must have the following data:

Now we will add the Products produced and Products Produced statistics to later analyze the number of produced products.

Add statistics to the dashboard

  1. Navigate to the experiments section and click Simulation experiment.
  2. Right-click the empty spot in the Dashboard area and select Add item from the shortcut menu.
  3. In the Properties dialog box expand the Products section and check the Production Requests (Products) and Products Produced statistics.

  4. Now switch toggle buttons of the Object and Product records to Per Item in the Show column of the Additional settings table.
    This will allow us to see production statistics per product.

  5. Click OK to close the dialog box and add statistics to the dashboard.
  6. Adjust the size and the position of the statistics element if required by right-clicking the dashboard canvas and choosing Rearrange from the context menu.

Now we can run the experiment.

Run the Simulation experiment and analyze statistics

  1. Click the toolbar Run in virtual time mode without animation button to run the experiment at max speed without displaying the map.
  2. Click Stop when the experiment completes and choose Yes in the dialog box to save results.
  3. Observe the added statistics.
    The Production Requests (Products) statistics show that DCs requested the factory to produce 24,624,399 cake molds.
    The Products Produced statistic shows that the factory produced the requested number of cake molds, i.e. 24,624,399 pieces.
    The same refers to the food storage containers.

We have completed the second phase of this tutorial. In this phase we defined the production policy and adjusted the inventory policy.
Click the link below to proceed to Phase 3 of this tutorial.

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