Simulation and Modeling Can Help You Go Lean AND Save

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As regular readers know, I’m a strong proponent of analysis, modeling, and optimization because I know from experience the significant cost reductions these technologies can bring to any procurement department when properly applied. That’s why I was delighted to see this recent article in Industry Week on leveraging lean designs that illustrated the effectiveness of 3-D models.

The article noted how Chrysler Group LLC used 3-D simulation software to model it’s Toledo North Assembly plant during the design phase and came up with a model that cost only $54 per square foot, about 30% less than the industry average (at the time) of $75 per square foot. Not only can modeling software help you find plant designs that are more efficient and that allow your workers to be more productive, but it can help you save considerable dollars in their construction.