Vendor Workshops

Vendor Workshops take place on Sunday, December 9 at no additional charge.

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Sunday, December 9

The philosophy of simulation – and how our view of simulation shapes our models
Heading for the future by glancing at the past

By Stefan Bengtsson (ÅF)
Mini-panel: Dr. Benjamin Schumann (Founder, Benjamin Schumann Consulting), Stefan Bengtsson

The aim of this “workshop” is partly to inspire, partly to provoke, partly to challenge! There is a tendency to focus on all the technical developments when discussing simulation and considering what will happen in the future. And this is of course relevant and important. But even more so is how we think related to simulation, how we use related competence (or don’t), what demands we put on the software platforms (and don’t), how we work in the projects (and don’t), and what issues we address (and don’t) – the “philosophy of simulation”! In the workshop, experiences from “the past” are included. A lot has improved and evolved, but not by necessity everything. And in heading for the future we should learn from this!

The format of the workshop will not be rigidly fixed, but will rather consist of a number of “components”, that we together make something out of! So the output is an effect of the dynamics in the 2-hour workshop system and the input from the participants – a little bit like with simulation! There will be a few presentations to start with, to set the platform – and hopefully inspire. Discussions and questions – also during presentations – are encouraged. There will be interactivity, through questions or “exercises”. There will be a panel, to trigger debate and discussions.

The message is, to summarize, that the potential of simulation is hugely underutilized! And the major obstacle is the profession itself! Do you agree? Or not? Please help us make this a worthwhile workshop!

The AnyLogic Company
Sunday, December 9

Material Handling Simulation with AnyLogic and AnyLogic Cloud
By: Dr. Andrei Borshchev, CEO

We will focus on AnyLogic’s new features: The Material Handling Library, browser-based animation, and AnyLogic Cloud. After a quick tour around the AnyLogic model development environment and some demos of simulations running both in the software and in the Cloud, there will be a live model building session. We will build a factory floor model using the new Material Handling Library and also upload the it to AnyLogic Cloud. The model will be run with and without animation before finally setting up and running cloud-based Monte Carlo and Parameter variation experiments. We will then explain the benefits of cloud-based parallel model execution. At the end, as always, we will have time for Q&A.

Applied Materials
Sunday, December 9

By: Dan Muller  & Stephen Mulvey 

Come learn about the AutoMod & AutoSched products by Applied Materials, their use and flexibility to solve real-world complex modeling problems. See for yourself why AutoMod & AutoSched have outlasted the competition for over 30 years. AutoMod’s power lies in its performance, scalability and accuracy in detailed modeling of large and complex manufacturing, distribution, automation and logistic operations, leaving the competition behind.  Understand why AutoSched is the only product of choice for modeling high-tech manufacturing environments that require complex product routings, sequence controls, and equipment qualifications enable scheduling, capacity planning, and preventive maintenance analyses.

Rockwell Automation
Sunday, December 9

Modeling tool to size energy efficient manufacturing: optimize production while minimizing energy consumption

Arena Simulation Software from Rockwell Automation has been the world-class solution for the top Fortune 500 companies for decades. Tech-Team utilizes the discrete simulation software for their customers business challenges. In this workshop, Tech-Team will share some of these projects and how they are taking the powerful tool to the next level with simulation. The Arena toolset allows even the most complex simulation requirements to be achieved. Join us for this informative session with Tech-Team.

Sunday, December 9


Factory Conceptual design Tools using Simulation (FACTS) Analyzer is a discrete-event simulation software developed in Sweden with the objective to promote manufacturing decision makers to play the role of simulation analysts, particularly in the early, conceptual system design phase. It features integrated support of simulation-based optimization, specifically using multi-objective optimization algorithms, to facilitate managers/engineers to run advanced optimizations to seek the optimal combinations of design variables to support more confident decision making for the design and improvement of production systems. It is also designed with the principle of rapid modeling to aid the users to build simulation models without the need of any programming skills. The concept of rapid modeling and integrated support of simulation-based optimization have facilitated FACTS Analyzer to be a unique and effective software for production systems analysis and improvement.

Sunday, December 9

Automatic pathfinding in FlexSim

FlexSim’s automatic pathfinding tool, the AStar Module, uses the A* algorithm to find a path between multiple points. It enables users to set boundaries, barriers, and other rules in their modeling space—rules that operators and vehicles will then follow as their travel paths are automatically created. In this workshop, join FlexSim CEO Bill Nordgren as he covers how to use the AStar Module in various modeling situations.

Sunday, December 9
10am – 12pm

Hybrid Simulation for Scenario Modeling in MATLAB
By: Teresa Hubscher-Younger

Learn how to combine discrete-event simulation, state charts and time-driven dynamic systems in one model integrated with MATLAB using the Simulink platform. We will also show how to leverage MATLAB’s data analytics capabilities for understanding simulation results and optimization.

Sunday, December 9
12:30pm – 2:30pm

Build your own simulation model using Plant Simulation

Take this opportunity to learn why so many of the world’s largest manufacturers use Plant Simulation from Siemens to simulate and optimize their production processes. We intend this to be a “live” session where you get to run the software yourself after a quick introduction. Plant Simulation will run from a pre-installed USB memory stick that we will hand out to you so all you need is a Windows PC.

Experience firsthand how fast and interactively you can design your 3D model, run experiments and get results even without any prior training. Along with the hands-on session, we will also present further possibilities, news in the software and perhaps some real industrial use-cases as well.

See you there!

Simio Simulation & Scheduling Software
Sunday, December 9

New Innovations: Cloud Computing, Real-Time Scheduling, Industry 4.0, and More
Presented By: Dennis Pegden and Renee Thiesing (Simio LLC)

With Simio leveraging the cloud computing power of Microsoft Azure to support your most demanding applications, its compatibility with Schneider Electric’s Wonderware to allow detailed production scheduling with real-time data and risk analysis, and ability to schedule and reschedule in real-time, Simio is leading the way in Industry 4.0 and creating a digital factory. Outside our immense technology partner advances, we have great new features, application areas and capabilities! Come explore an overview of the new Simio experience and see why we are always “Forward Thinking.”

Systems Navigator
Sunday, December 9
12:30-2:30 pm

Systems Navigator is proud to present two compelling case studies, where with the help of our advanced discrete event simulation technology, our clients have been able to save money, increase customer satisfaction and reduce risk.

Case study 1: New coil warehouse in the steel industry

Systems Navigator created a simulation model to analyze and optimize the logistics of a new coil warehouse for a large steel manufacturer. After steel coils are produced and cooled, they are transported to a warehouse to await transport to the end customer. In the warehouse, they are usually placed on cradles by automatic cranes, but can alternatively also be stored on top of one another (stacking). As coils come in many different sizes, cradle positioning determines where which coils can be placed. An optimal layout for a coil warehouse means that each coil can be placed at a correct cradle. Finding the best layout can increase the warehouse capacity by almost 10%, hence the importance of simulating different cradle setups in a large number of scenario’s. Using both our modelling & scenario management software, we were able to optimize the design of the new warehouse, resulting in a capacity increase of around 300 coils!

Case study 2: Live supply chain model for marine module shipments

Systems Navigator has deployed an operational supply chain model for a major international oil company (IOC). The supply chain consists of the marine transport of heavy modules towards an oil field in Kazakhstan. The model contains all the marine assets (ship, tug & barge), as well as the storage facilities and port resources. Live data (a.o. module location, resource status & location) is fed daily into the model, after which the marine schedule can be checked for any inconsistencies. The model is used to create and test alternative shipment schedules, as well potential future scenario’s in terms of bad weather, resource unavailability etc. The live model is a direct “cousin” of the supply chain model that was initially used to design the supply chain. Combining the model, both during design as well as in operation, has resulted in maximized benefits for the client in terms of capital saved, risk management, contractor evaluations, as well as scenario planning.

Sunday, December 9

Benefit from simulations throughout an automation system’s lifecycle with Experior

With Industry 4.0 trends such as Smart Manufacturing, IoT and Digital Twins unfolding, the use of simulations throughout the lifecycle of automation systems is becoming increasingly relevant.

Xcelgo’s workshop will provide the audience with examples of beneficial simulation applications throughout an automation system’s lifecycle and demonstrate several of these applications – on the basis of their own developed software platform for 3D modelling, simulation and emulation, Experior.

The workshop also initiates a discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of a simulation platform solution versus a simulation software package solution. Among other things, the platform solution that Xcelgo offers will streamline the simulation process and pave the way for auto generation of simulation models.