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Our technical support staff has extensive experience in computer simulation and modeling. We provide one year of technical support with every purchase of Micro Saint Sharp. However, if you are looking for a total solution, our consulting services are your most valuable resource. Our trained simulation experts are here to help when you need it.
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Tips and Insights
To some extent, the data that you will need to have in order to build your Micro Saint Sharp model will be dependent on the particular process you are modeling. However, the following list is a guideline that you can use to help plan what data is required prior to building your model.
- Individual activities in the process
- Sequencing of activities in the process
- Arrival rates for entities entering the process
- Activity timing parameters (distribution type, mean time, standard deviation)
- Branching conditions (multiple – under what conditions, probabilistic – probabilities for each path, tactical – rules for each possible path)
- Resource requirements for each activity
- Other constraints
- Data collection input values (salaries, cost per activity, etc.)
The input data required can be obtained from analysis of existing data, videotape analysis, questionnaires, process flow charts, manpower requirements and schedules, and/or subject matter expertise. The better the data the more accurate the model will be. The data collected can then be used to determine the time distribution type (normal, gamma, poisson, lognormal, etc) and distribution parameters (mean, standard deviation) that can be input directly into the simulation model.
The process tasks, times, and resource requirements will become task nodes in Micro Saint Sharp. The task network diagram is meant to represent the tasks and flow of your process. You add tasks by clicking on the task image in the palette window and dragging it to the Task Network Diagram window. To connect the tasks to show the proper flow, you click on the diamond at the right hand side of the task and drag it to the task you want to connect to.
Once the flow chart of your process has been laid out, the rest of the details about your model can be defined. Double clicking on a task will open a window so you can enter data about the task. This is the task description window. This window allows you to specify all the information about how your task will be performed. The resource constraints will be represented by variables and transfer/sequence rules will be represented by Micro Saint Sharp’s logical expressions.
When the model is executed, the output data will be collected in Micro Saint Sharp results files called snapshots. Micro Saint Sharp stores the collected snapshot data so that it can be imported into any spreadsheet or word processing application for further manipulation.
In every manufacturing organization, the pressure of finding ways to reduce costs while improving throughput and quality is endless. Large and small companies have successfully used Micro Saint to decrease cycle time, decrease work-in-progress, increase throughput, and choose alternatives for capacity planning. Micro Saint Sharp has also been used to redesign existing factories and aid in the design of new facilities.
The applications of Micro Saint Sharp are broad in the field of Human Factors and Ergonomics. Micro Saint Sharp can be used to look at human workload, workplace design, and integrated human-system performance for practically any application in which people are involved. Systems designed for people to operate are getting more and more complex; Micro Saint Sharp can help answer questions associated with what tasks might be required, what the workload will be for the operator, and how best to reduce that workload to optimize system performance.
Doing more with less is a familiar theme in the military. Micro Saint Sharp can help determine where the potential for cost savings can be made in reducing manning levels or automating certain procedures. For example, Micro Saint Sharp simulation models can demonstrate what happens to overall performance when you use fewer people on an aircraft or a ship.
Health care costs are at an all-time high, and continue to rise dramatically. Using Micro Saint Sharp, a health care analyst can model the process of their facility and look at “What if” scenarios before any decisions are made. For example, models can be built that simulate whether to add a new hospital wing, rearrange how patients and staff move around each floor or make adjustments to the staffing level of doctors and nurses.
Supply Chain management, the management of the flow of goods or services from materials stage to the end user, is a complex process because of the level of uncertainty at each stage of the supply chain. Computer simulation, because it can be applied to operational problems that are too difficult to model and solve analytically. Micro Saint Sharp is an especially effective tool to help analyze supply chain logistical issues.
Micro Saint Sharp has been used examine the issue of increasing congestion in roads and waterways. Through discrete event simulation analysis, analysts have been able to examine not only the congestion that might influence alternative modes of transportation or to influence changes in destinations, but also offered insights toward distinct congestion mitigation measures.
The time required to evacuate people and products from one location to another can be dependent on a number of factors. Micro Saint Sharp has been used effectively to simulation evacuation of cars along a roadway, persons from aircraft, and sailors from ships.