Plant Layout Simulation

What is plant layout simulation?

Plant designers generally have only two choices: either physically change the layout of an existing facility and then measure results, or model the system and measure results to develop the final facility design before making changes. Plant layout simulation is a tool that uses data to evaluate a current facility layout and show potential improvement areas. The same data is then used to objectively evaluate various layout alternatives for new construction, additions, and/or re-organizations.

What are the benefits of plant layout simulation?

Implementing plant layout simulation can

  • provide a systematic, cost-effective means of evaluating layout scenarios based on data generated and priorities developed in-house, while utilizing both internal and external resources to carry out the evaluation process.
  • provide objective data to aid in the decision-making process before costly changes or investments are made.
  • maximize the chances of successful implementation by including key personnel in the planning process.
  • sharpen team problem-solving skills and improve communication between employees and management.

What can CIRAS do for my company?

Using your in-house experience and expertise, the CIRAS simulation specialist will show you how to utilize our knowledge and software to develop your ultimate facility. CIRAS employs a team approach in computer simulation, using two static software products, to help you select and evaluate various layout alternatives.

What is my next step?

Contact these staff members to see what CIRAS can do for you:

Michael Willett319-240-2488  mwillett@iastate.edu
Jim R. Poe515-290-1398  jrpoe@iastate.edu

 
 

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Last updated: 8/5/2013